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How a Fart Became Berlin's Weirdest Policing Scandal

It's taken an incredible amount of resources to get to the bottom of this one.
It's only fair to admit that these police officers pictured in Berlin this week having nothing to do with the flatulence case. 
It's only fair to admit that these police officers pictured in Berlin this week having nothing to do with the flatulence case. Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Over the past 18 months, a crime scandal has been rocking Berlin. It’s one that so far has required the work of 23 officials, necessitated a court appearance, and, this week, provoked protests from a politician on the floor of Berlin’s Senate. It’s the unusual nature of the crime that has provoked such controversy and upset. It wasn’t an act of violence against a person, a case of damage to property, or of fraud.

It was, in fact, a fart.