Here’s the Berlin police report on the incident:
Ticket inspectors attacked
On yesterday afternoon ticket inspectors were attacked and slightly injured in Neukölln. According to the findings so far, two 20 and 22 year old inspectors, who were commissioned by the BVG were in civilian clothes, arrived at the Hermannplatz subway station at 5:20 pm, a man who apparently was not in possession of a valid ticket, and they wanted to hand him over to the police.
Even before the officials arrived, the detainee scolded the 20-year-old. Suddenly, four unknown men came in and tried to free the suspected black man. The quartet is said to have hit, kicked, and pinched the two inspectors. At the same time, about 20 to 25 people gathered, who were fired up by the four attackers. Colleagues of the inspectors, including a 36-year-old, came for support and were also attacked.
The man then escaped. Subsequently, the attackers and the group of people left. The 20-year-old and his 36-year-old colleague suffered minor injuries. No medical treatment was required. The criminal investigation department of Directorate 5 has been established.
NOTE: According to Tagesspiegel, Hermannplatz is one of the three stations in Berlin with the highest crime rates, along with Kottbusser, Tor and Alexanderplatz.
Alexanderplatz, Kottbusser Tor, Hermannplatz – with a view of the Berlin criminal statistics, these places in the capital form the top three of the most dangerous underground and suburban railway stations . In the first half of 2016 alone, a total of 2057 offenses were reported. This is the answer of the Berlin Senate to a written question from the SPD. People were stolen, deprived, battered and sexually harassed.