Why did local youth clash with police in the German city of Stuttgart? | DW News

The German city of Stuttgart, home to Mercedes Benz, has begun cleaning up after a night of "unprecedented" violence. The unrest erupted on Saturday night and early Sunday morning after police started carrying out drug checks at the city’s main square, Schlossplatz. Eyewitnesses told DW that everything escalated after a teen tried to run away from the police and officers chased him. At that moment, partiers from other groups stepped in "out of solidarity" with the teen and began attacking police. Videos that circulated on social media showed rioters hurling cobble stones and other objects at police vehicles. In one video, a man runs at a police officer kneeling on the ground and kicks him in his side, knocking the officer down as others could be heard cheering him on. Nineteen officers were wounded in the violence. The clashes spilled over into the shopping district, where rioters smashed storefronts. Several shops were looted, including a jewelry store, mobile phone shop, and sporting goods shop. An estimated 500 people, many of them teens or young adults, were involved. Twenty-four suspects were eventually arrested. The unrest has residents, and some of the youths who were present, left wondering: How did things get so out of hand? Subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/user/deutschewelleenglish?sub_confirmation=1 For more news go to: http://www.dw.com/en/ Follow DW on social media: ►Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/deutschewellenews/ ►Twitter: https://twitter.com/dwnews ►Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dw_stories/ Für Videos in deutscher Sprache besuchen Sie: https://www.youtube.com/channel/deutschewelle


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