Police officers allegedly threatened parking offenders to hand over cash

Three individuals in the Hamburg police service are being investigated by the public prosecutor’s office for suspected fraud. The suspects, who are not officials, allegedly demanded cash from drivers who parked illegally at construction sites in Hafencity. They would contact the owners by phone, claiming that the car needed to be towed but could be avoided if a certain amount of cash was paid.

The defendants’ apartments were searched, and it was found that mostly foreign craftsmen working at the construction sites were affected. In at least two cases, car owners left notes on their windshields with their phone numbers and paid around 300 euros each as requested.

The Hamburg police immediately launched a labor law examination and suspended the three accused from duty. Serious violations could result in termination, according to a police spokesman. The discovery of the fraud was not specified by the public prosecutor. Further investigation is ongoing.

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