Berlin police angrily reject claim they assaulted terror suspect – Guardian made up quotes

After the Guardian published allegations that Berlin’s police physically assaulted a terror suspect, the police have accused the newspaper of making up quotes.

“The story is completely without basis and we were enraged as we read it,” Berlin’s police told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) on Friday.

The Guardian on Thursday published an interview with Naveed B., quoting him as remembering two officers “digging the heels of their shoes into my feet”, and one of the men “putting great pressure on my neck with his hand”.

This is the second time in the past week the Guardian has been accused of “Fake News” – Fake News: Guardian Caught Deceptively Editing Quotes from Julian Assange Interview

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  • Jim Fox

    My [former] friend proudly stated once that he “Thankfully reads only the Guardian”
    WTF can I say about THAT? In true denialist manner he has now blocked my emails.
    Might have been something I said? “Pompous ass”, perhaps?

    • tom_billesley

      A long-time editor of the Guardian (then called the Manchester Guardian) C.P. Scott wrote on the centenary of the paper in 1921: “Comment is free, but facts are sacred… The voice of opponents no less than that of friends has a right to be heard.”
      https://www.theguardian.com/gnm-archive/2002/jun/06/1
      Sadly no longer the case. Moving to London wouldn’t have helped.

    • Watchman

      You can’t convince everyone and are probably better off spending time and effort on people that think logically and with reason.

      • Jim Fox

        True. We all choose to believe what suits our ‘confirmation bias’ BUT logical thinkers are willing to change their view if the evidence proves them wrong.

  • Alain

    If true why is this a problem? Not doing so is exactly why we are no longer capable of winning this war.

  • Millie_Woods

    Fake news from the Guardian? Not that I really care if the German police assault a terror suspect, in fact I encourage it

    • tom_billesley

      To me, his account would appear to be consistent with him being grabbed and restrained while they checked him over for guns and bombs.

      • Millie_Woods

        Typical asswipes at the Guardian.

        Terror attack? “Let’s talk about how the west was asking for it.”

        Terror suspect manhandled? “Proof we live in a racist police state!”

      • Watchman

        He complaint that the tea he was given was not hot: who in their right mind would give a terror suspect scalding hot tea if they suspect you might be part of a murderous terror gang.

        The complaint about the feet sounds exactly like a biased account of being forced to spread his legs in a search for weapons or contraband.

  • canminuteman

    I wish it were true.

  • Watchman

    It’s not the job of the Guardian to make up lies about German police actions; that is the job of the German government, at least until they become part of the greater EU government and EU police force. Remember how the German government reported how the German police experienced a “quiet night” in Cologne last New Year’s Eve.