In Germany, a man called the police emergency line 999 for help at the moment his girlfriend was being raped just yards away by a Ghanian refugee, while holding her at knifepoint at a campsite near Bonn.
Unfortunately, the female officer who took the call chose not to believe him. “You are not messing with me, I hope?” she said to the boyfriend who had just been threatened with a machete and was told to remain where he was while the attacker dragged the girl into a meadow a few yards away and was in the act of raping her.
“Hmm…” said the police officer, “Where exactly is this rape happening?”
He was forced to watch helplessly as the attacker raped his 23-year-old girlfriend, and the police never showed up.
The boyfriend, 26, eventually called police a second time, after the rape, and was met with disbelief once more.
Officers did eventually arrive, and the girl was transported to the hospital.
Frank Piontek, spokesman for the Bonn Police, admitted that both calls were not handled properly, noting that a major review of police procedures has since been initiated.
The attacker, 31, was apprehended and convicted after hundreds of tips came in from the public. Ultimately, a walker in Siegburg recognized him from seeing his picture on a “wanted” poster.
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