For in December 2020, a new section on stricter penalties for attacking police and firefighters with fireworks came into force.
And now the case against the 17-year-old is on its way to court, after the prosecution at the Copenhagen West Region Police has filed charges against the boy. This is stated by the police district in a press release on Thursday.
The episode happened around 00.20 when the police patrol was shot by fireworks at the train station. The officers had moved out to the scene, after a report that a group of young people fired fireworks at others.
No one was hit, but police arrested the 17-year-old. He was remanded in custody on 1 January with reference to the new section – section 119 b.
It was already forbidden and punishable to commit violence against police and firefighters. But with the new provision, shelling with fireworks is now equated with violence.
In the preparatory work for the bill, it is stated in black and white that the firing of Roman candles – ie fireworks, which emit incandescent bullets – against officers must be punished in accordance with the provision.
– Attacking police officers with fireworks is something we look at very seriously, says Cecilie Mee Hansen, who is the prosecutor in the case against the 17-year-old, in the press release.
– The new section allows for a significant increase in punishment for those who attack people who work in the public service, she continues.
The teenager has been in custody until Thursday morning, when he was released. However, the prosecution has appealed the court’s decision to the Eastern High Court.
Source: The Nordic Page