Police call Stuttgart riots 'unbelievable occurrence'

Police on Sunday (June 21) said they had arrested 24 suspects after a night of rioting on an unprecedented scale in the German city of Stuttgart on Saturday night.

According to police, some 19 officers were injured after police involvement in a drug related offence that escalated.

There was significant damage to shops in the city centre.

Police said that passersby joined in the rioting and became aggressive against police.

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21 June 2020, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Stuttgart: A woman walks past a damaged shop window of a clothing store after the heavy riots on Sunday night. During clashes with the police, dozens of violent small groups devastated the city centre and injured several officers. Photo: Silas Stein/dpa (Photo by Silas Stein/picture alliance via Getty Images)
STUTTGART, GERMANY - JUNE 21: Glasses are seen on the floor as a display window of a shop stands smashed following violent clashes between rioters and police that also led to looting the night before on June 21, 2020 in Stuttgart, Germany. Several hundred people, mostly young men, clashed with police and broke into stores in the city's shopping district around midnight last night. City authorities have not yet said what led to the rioting nor who was involved. (Photo by Thomas Niedermueller/Getty Images)
21 June 2020, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Stuttgart: A rubbish bin lies on the pavement after the heavy riots in the night to Sunday. During riots with the police, dozens of violent small groups devastated the city centre and injured several officers. Photo: Silas Stein/dpa (Photo by Silas Stein/picture alliance via Getty Images)
STUTTGART, GERMANY - JUNE 21: The display window of a shop stands smashed following violent clashes between rioters and police that also led to looting the night before on June 21, 2020 in Stuttgart, Germany. Several hundred people, mostly young men, clashed with police and broke into stores in the city's shopping district around midnight last night. City authorities have not yet said what led to the rioting nor who was involved. (Photo by Thomas Niedermueller/Getty Images)
STUTTGART, GERMANY - JUNE 21: The display window of a McDonalds restaurant stands smashed following violent clashes between rioters and police that also led to looting the night before on June 21, 2020 in Stuttgart, Germany. Several hundred people, mostly young men, clashed with police and broke into stores in the city's shopping district around midnight last night. City authorities have not yet said what led to the rioting nor who was involved. (Photo by Thomas Niedermueller/Getty Images)
STUTTGART, GERMANY - JUNE 21: The display window of a shop stands smashed following violent clashes between rioters and police that also led to looting the night before on June 21, 2020 in Stuttgart, Germany. Several hundred people, mostly young men, clashed with police and broke into stores in the city's shopping district around midnight last night. City authorities have not yet said what led to the rioting nor who was involved. (Photo by Thomas Niedermueller/Getty Images)
STUTTGART, GERMANY - JUNE 21: The display window of a shop stands smashed following violent clashes between rioters and police that also led to looting the night before on June 21, 2020 in Stuttgart, Germany. Several hundred people, mostly young men, clashed with police and broke into stores in the city's shopping district around midnight last night. City authorities have not yet said what led to the rioting nor who was involved. (Photo by Thomas Niedermueller/Getty Images)
STUTTGART, GERMANY - JUNE 21: Workers repair damage to a display window of a shop following violent clashes between rioters and police that also led to looting the night before on June 21, 2020 in Stuttgart, Germany. Several hundred people, mostly young men, clashed with police and broke into stores in the city's shopping district around midnight last night. City authorities have not yet said what led to the rioting nor who was involved. (Photo by Thomas Niedermueller/Getty Images)
STUTTGART, GERMANY - JUNE 21: Damage is seen following violent clashes between rioters and police that also led to looting the night before on June 21, 2020 in Stuttgart, Germany. Several hundred people, mostly young men, clashed with police and broke into stores in the city's shopping district around midnight last night. City authorities have not yet said what led to the rioting nor who was involved. (Photo by Thomas Niedermueller/Getty Images)
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Rioters hurled bricks and stones at police vehicles and used metal bars to smash police car windows.

The city's chief of police, Frank Lutz said: "This was an unbelievable occurrence and I am speechless. In the 46 years of police service that I have under my belt I have never seen anything like this."

More than 200 police were called in on Saturday night to deal with the situation.

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