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Quartz sand glove for the police: a real scandal

Striking gloves are no exception with the police. One official estimates: one in five in the deployment hundred has them. Police chief had called it a weapon.

One does not recognize the police immediately whether they are wearing quartz sand gloves. Image: DPA

There is no visual difference, but you can feel it: Quartz sand gloves are heavier than leather gloves that police officers are equipped with. They are on the back of the hand and in the ankle area filled with fine sand. This increases the effectiveness of the fist. Such gloves are especially popular among neo-Nazis, anti-fascists and the bouncer scene. "A blow with a quartz sand glove replaces three strokes with the normal glove, "says one expert." The opponent is immediately k. O."

Security outfitters offer the gloves on the Internet "as professional gloves for police, federal police, customs and armed forces ". The brand Sap Gloves" RoMaXX "offers" approx. 100 grams of quartz sand filling "and"high wearing comfort ".

In chat forums such as Cop-Zone, anonymous police officers openly discuss the pros and cons. In one post it says: "Here in Bavaria you are not allowed to wear these gloves, because they are not an item of equipment approved by the employer. If you're honest, it would be nobody notice. But if something really happens, there is something afterwards a lot of trouble from the employer and from the judge. " PLU

Apparently, far more officers from the police have obtained impact-enhancing gloves than previously known. An officer who knows his way around estimates that around 20 percent of the approximately 1,900 officers in the Berlin Mission Hundreds (EHU) are in possession of quartz sand gloves.

It was only a week and a half ago that a police officer reported that quartz sand gloves had been found in twelve deployment bags in a train of an EHU of Directorate 4 consisting of 30 officers. Seven executives, including the Hundertschaftsf├╝hrer and the platoon leader, are suspected of having urged their subordinates to buy the gloves privately. In addition, they are said to have demanded a disproportionately harsh approach in action. Police President Dieter Glietsch had called it a "scandal". For him, quartz sand gloves are "a weapon," the police chief had declared. "The only purpose I know of is to harm others."

"The hundreds of Directorate 4 are certainly not the only unit," says the official, who wants to remain anonymous. The padded gloves are very popular because of the good wearing comfort, the better protective function and the increased impact effect. The fact that Glietsch condemned the events so sharply was received internally "with dismay and incomprehension".

"The employees do not invest 45 euros for a pair of gloves just for fun," said the official to the taz. Unlike normal gloves, the quartz sand-filled gloves would fit like a glove (see box). "You can grab and hold on to them, they are sensitive and do not restrict," reports the official. The higher impact is for your own protection: "It makes a difference whether I box an opponent who then just shakes himself and hits me on the nose. Or whether I punch him and he is unable to act afterwards."

Of course, the units know that quartz sand gloves are forbidden. Yet they exist. "The police chief will not know that, but officials who deal with the operational forces on a daily basis," says the officer. Incidentally, this does not only apply to the Berlin police.

The officer describes the mood in the Berlin units as follows: "It is accepted as normal that the person opposite is armed with knives, irritant gas, stones and bottles. But when a policeman puts on quartz sand gloves, the world collapses." The statement in the group of colleagues reads: "The brutality against the police is increasing".

Much has been done in the units to get rid of the negative image of the Berlin police as a thug group. "There has been a change in mentality". In the past, difficult missions were about "adjusting the situation". The thinking reigned in the units: "If politics don't take hold, we'll do it." Today the top priority is: work professionally, carry out incidental arrests.

Under no circumstances should it be tolerated that superiors urge subordinates to be unnecessarily harsh, as it should have happened with the train in Directorate 4, emphasizes the official. "That would be criminal." No officer should be forced by a police officer to purchase quartz sand gloves either. But that is usually not the case either. "For that, this type of glove was too widespread in the units."

After the incident became known in Directorate 4, Police Commissioner Glietsch had given instructions to make quartz sand gloves an issue in the service groups. Controls were not ordered, says a police spokesman. You won't find anything anymore anyway, says the official. "Anyone who gets caught with it now is a complete idiot."