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During an inspection on Sunday evening, a man from Sri Lanka hit a member of the Lucerne police in the face. When he was caught on the run, the man threatened the policeman with death.

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On Sunday evening shortly after 8 p.m., two suspects were reported to the Lucerne police in front of a building on Theaterstrasse in Lucerne.

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When the police arrived on site, they found a Sri Lankan man on the stairwell.  The police wanted to control the man

When the police arrived on site, they found a Sri Lankan man on the stairwell. The police wanted to control the man

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The 29-year-old man resisted the control.  “The man hit the officer in the face several times in order to turn him off,” says Simon Kopp, communications officer at the public prosecutor's office.

The 29-year-old man resisted the control. «The man hit the officer in the face several times in order to kill him.»Says Simon Kopp, Communications officer in the public prosecutor’s office.

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On Sunday evening shortly after 8 p.m., the Lucerne police discovered two suspects in front of a building registered at Theaterstrasse in Lucerne. The police believed that drugs were traded there. When the police arrived on site, they found a Sri Lankan man on the stairwell. The police then wanted to check the man.

Policeman was hit specifically in the face

As Simon Kopp, communications officer at the public prosecutor’s office, says, the man strongly opposed the control: “The man hit the officer in the face several times in order to turn him off.” The policeman was slightly injured. “He suffered grazes and bruises on his face,” said Kopp. Then the man tried to escape.

When the police were able to arrest the man, the 29-year-old threatened the police officer not only physically, but also verbally. According to Kopp, the man explicitly threatened the policeman with death and also made massive threats to the policeman’s family.

Violence and threats against officials are increasing

The rapid drug test that was carried out reacted positively to cocaine and opiates. Drugs could not be seized from the man from Sri Lanka, as Kopp says. The man was arrested. He is reported to the public prosecutor’s office for violence and threats against officials. The investigation is conducted by the Lucerne Public Prosecutor’s Office. The second man could no longer be found on site. According to Kopp, finding him is difficult because you only have an imprecise description of the person.

Violence and threats against officials are problems that are increasing, says Kopp. He refers to the “Police crime statistics” of the Federal Statistical Office. In 2019 there were 3251 cases across Switzerland in which officials were threatened or attacked. In 2020, the number of cases of violence and threats against officials recorded in the statistics rose to 3,514 incidents.

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