In the south of Berlin....there's a neighborhood called Neukolln. It's part of the city, and has subway operations that connect to Berlin.
About two months ago....there's this gal who was "kicked" down a flight of stairs of a subway tunnel. Oddly enough....the cops had cameras and it clearly caught the act. The guy who kicked the gal? He just walked away. She was fairly hurt.
Days went by. With the video in their hand....you'd think that the Berlin cops wanted to get the guy. It would make sense.....since he caused her injuries.
Well.....no. They weren't really hyped up to go after the guy.
So, someone....fed up with the prosecution speed or the gimmicks of the leadership of the police....fed the video of the act to Bild (national newspaper). Front page news.
A day later, now the Berlin cops want the guy.
But they also want to prosecute the guy who leaked the camera footage. Oh yeah.
Yep, they are looking at various angles of how the video got out of their possession and hope that they can find the guy....probably a cop....who dumped the video in the public.
A 20-second video simply showing a guy who tripped up this gal is on the priority list of the Berlin cops now. Last week, it wasn't a priority.
The girl injured? Broken arm.
Maybe things like this happen weekly. Maybe Berlin is a violence-prone thug-zone. Maybe the subway area is a place to avoid. But you get this sense that there was some reason that they really didn't want to mess with this case and just let it lay there. It's been about seven weeks and they likely had the video in their hands within 48 hours after the episode occurred. Something about this has a bad smell to it.
Note: An added piece in the last hour (from Die Welt), the guy is a Bulgarian with an arrest record (theft, robbery, hooliganism). He's left Germany (so the story is told). Why was he in Berlin? That might be of another story.