Locals in the Berlin suburb of Weissensee took to the frozen surface of the area’s lake on a freezing February 13, but police evidently did not approve, and sent a helicopter to clear the area.
Local man Eoghan Sweeney recorded this video, showing what he said was the “reckless and irresponsible” act from the Berlin Police. “Yes, people should be off the ice if it’s unsafe,” Sweeney tweeted, “but there were small children in the middle of that storm of snow and ice chips. Most didn’t even know the police wanted them off before this turned up.”
Later, on Facebook, Sweeney said, “Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think all these people should have been out there – we haven’t gone more than a few metres from the edge. But Shock & Awe doesn’t seem like the best way to ensure a safe, orderly exit.” Credit: Eoghan Sweeney via Storyful