Ex-police officer fails with poisoning lawsuit

Ex-police officer fails with poisoning lawsuit

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An ex-police chief commissioner feels poisoned with heavy metal by poorly ventilated shooting ranges. He wants recognition as an occupational disease. The administrative court dismissed his lawsuit on Monday.

The judges justify this with the statutory registration period of ten years from diagnosis. After evaluating the documents, the disease had been with him since 2002.

Thomas K. started with the Berlin police in 1982. Since December 2000 he has been a police chief commissioner. In May 2002, "considerable absences" occurred, according to the judges after evaluating the files. Specifically, “tingling and burning in the legs and loins” led to absenteeism.

In December 2014, he was diagnosed with heavy metals for the first time. In April 2016, the retired police officer filed an accident report. To date, there has been no response from the Berlin police chief, his lawyer said.

The police argued in the trial that "all police shooting ranges had been inspected in 2005." Deficiencies had been identified, "but not one had to be closed." The former chief commissioner was "on record decades of smoking", and heavy metals were also contained in tobacco smoke.

Thomas K. was last group leader in the management team of six. He trained with his colleagues on the shooting ranges up to three times a week, according to his lawyer: "He was good at firing two million shots, he didn't smoke that much!"

Her client wanted to go to a Swiss clinic for a cure to have his illness treated with lead and mercury. The costs for this should be borne by the official recognition as an occupational disease.

The judges dismissed the lawsuit. "It is open whether he actually suffers from heavy metal poisoning," said the judges. The desired method in Switzerland was "not recognized by conventional medicine and highly controversial." An appeal against the judgment was not allowed.