German police have struck back after allegedly being called Nazis by an angry US academic.
German police have struck back after allegedly being called Nazis by an angry US academic. CHRISTOPH SCHMIDT

Police sue for alleged Nazi slur

GERMAN police are suing a US tourist for allegedly calling officers "Nazis” during a dispute at the country's biggest airport.

Police said 49-year-old academic Carol Christine Fair became "unreasonable and irritated” when they told her she could not take the liquids in her luggage through security.

After a row broke out about whether her deodorant constituted a liquid, officers said Ms Fair called them "f---ing bastards” and "f---ing German Nazi police”.

Ms Fair, a professor of political science at Georgetown University, denied referring to the officers as Nazis during the incident at Frankfurt International Airport.

She said her words were mistaken when she pointed out that an officer had "impounded her deodorant” while allowing a "Nazi-looking dude” with "a Hitler Youth haircut” nearby to pass through security.

Following the incident the officer took Ms Fair to a police station, where a preliminary investigation into suspicion of slander was begun.

She had to make a deposit of $A320 for the anticipated costs of the legal proceedings and was told she could continue on her trip to Turkey.

A police statement said claims Ms Fair made on her Twitter account about the police officers being "bullies” and "thugs in uniform” had become evidence in the preliminary investigations.

- Harriet Agerholm, The Independent



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