2020 Stuttgart riot

The 2020 Stuttgart riot took place during the night of 21 June 2020 when hundreds fought street battles with police in Stuttgart, the capital of Baden-Württemberg, Germany. During the riots numerous shops were looted.[1]

Stuttgart, June 21, 2020

On 20 June at 23:30, police investigated a 17-year-old in Schlossgarten for drug offences, whereupon about 200-500 sided with the accused and started to throw rocks and bottles at the police officers.[2] The rioters screamed "Fuck the Police" and "Allahu Akbar" in videos recorded. Some rioters had prepared by wearing balaclavas while looting shops. The police apprehended 24 suspects.[3][4]

The riot generated media coverage nationally internationally.[5][6]

In the following weeks, police increased their presence in the city during weekends.[7]

Three weeks later, there was further rioting where eleven people were apprehended.[7]

Police responseEdit

Two hundred police out of the surrounding area were called to the state capital.[2] About a dozen police were wounded in the fighting and a number of police vehicles were destroyed.[2][6]


During the night, 24 suspects were apprehended, of which 14 were less than 21 years old and 7 were under 18. Half the apprehended were German citizens, of which 3 had a migration background (German: Migrationshintergrund) meaning their parents were not German citizens. The others originated from a number of countries: Somalia, Bosnia and Afghanistan.[4]

14 July police apprehended two further people suspected in having taken part in the violence and plunder.[8]

At the beginning of November, 100 suspects were identified. 83 of these 100 suspects have a migration background. Several of the suspects were refugees.[9]

Criminal investigationEdit

According to police, extreme left activists obstructed the investigations by the police, who had asked the public for video recordings during the riots. The activists responded by flooding the police website with 7500 videos, unrelated to the Stuttgart riot, totalling more than 100GB to the police website to overload. The videos did not overload the police server but would waste police time as they had to be investigated.[10]

The German police have made a number of suspect identifications using super recognisers.[11]


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  2. ^ a b c Zeitung, Berliner. "Hunderte Menschen randalieren in Stuttgart und Berlin". Berliner Zeitung (in German). Retrieved 3 August 2020.
  3. ^ "Krawalle in Stuttgart: Wer sind die Täter der Gewaltnacht?". rtl.de (in German). Retrieved 3 August 2020.
  4. ^ a b NACHRICHTEN, n-tv. "Wer sind die Täter von Stuttgart?". n-tv.de (in German). Retrieved 3 August 2020.
  5. ^ "Gangs smash shops and attack police in Stuttgart". BBC News. 21 June 2020. Retrieved 3 August 2020.
  6. ^ a b "Emoi en Allemagne après des scènes d'émeutes et de pillages à Stuttgart". Le Monde.fr (in French). 21 June 2020. Retrieved 3 August 2020.
  7. ^ a b Aktuell, S. W. R. "Erneut Auseinandersetzungen in Stuttgart - elf Festnahmen, ein Schwerverletzter". swr.online (in German). Retrieved 3 August 2020.
  8. ^ Online, FOCUS. "Nach Stuttgarter Krawallnacht: Polizei nimmt zwei weitere Verdächtige fest". FOCUS Online (in German). Retrieved 3 August 2020.
  9. ^ "Innenministerium veröffentlicht Hintergründe zu Verdächtigen". stuttgarter-zeitung.de (in German). 5 November 2020.
  10. ^ "Erneut Auseinandersetzungen in Stuttgart - elf Festnahmen, ein Schwerverletzter". swr.online (in German). 10 July 2020. Retrieved 3 August 2020.
  11. ^ "Jeder zweite Verdächtige wiedererkannt – dank »Super-Recogniser«" [One in two suspects identified - thanks to 'super recognisers']. Der Spiegel (in German). 25 August 2021. Retrieved 31 August 2021.