The police should actually be the guardian of the rule of law. That this is not always the case – at least on television – is shown by the crew of the "Polizeiruf 110" of Rostock, who likes to lean out of the window.
A killer goes around freely in Rostock. 30 years ago, he raped and killed the young woman Janina. Even then, a man was suspected, but was acquitted in the process.
But now new evidence emerges that can condemn him as guilty. But those who have been acquitted can only be prosecuted in exceptional cases, according to the code of criminal procedure.
Police Commissioner Alexander Bukow (Charly Hübner) and LKA profiler Katrin König (Anneke Kim Sarnau) and their detective team actually have to look at the "Police Call 110: For Janina" at times very emotional. He is a man in his little family romance with his wife and children and is unassailable for them. Of course, they do not: "We must establish justice here", explains König – rightfully this Sunday (20.15) to kick off the week of the ARD theme "Justice".
Develops an unusual case and for unusual conditions for Rostock. Because not as most of the north-east is on the neo-Nazis or on their environment, not as usual, the Hanseatic city is painted in grim colors. No, the city lives and is colorful. The many complaints of the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern that Rostock has just seen in "Polizeiruf 110" – was shot mostly in Hamburg – and if, then gray-in-gray, seems to have come to the authors Eoin Moore and Anika Wangard.
They would then handle almost a really good thriller, which presented itself with the necessary drama and the well-lit perpetrated environment. Who builds a tension and does not lose the red thread. Although the never-ending story of hatred for the love of "Ms. King" and "Mr. Bukow" is further revolved, which has even beaten in their 18th case and continues to be strictly "from you".
The fact that the commissioners of the "crime scene" or the "police call 110" do not take things so seriously with constitutional methods lies in the stark contrast between true police work and the need to provide an overly saturated audience with exciting material week after week. The Rostock TV commissioners have always been very far in violation of the laws.
This time, it's really difficult: try to attract a DNA sample with tricks and lies, get proof of burglary or blackmail the suspect with internal information. Also beaten and samples are falsified – police works at the beginning of the "Week of Justice".
The film moves to areas where the rule of law is shaken. Also in the police department. "The rule of law is rubbish: the boy is allowed to walk freely now and this law of shit protects him too", says investigator Anton Pöschel (Andreas Guenther). "Congratulations, Germany!" Adds Pöschel and quickly passes the suspect's address to the desperate mother of the murdered.
In a similar legal opinion of the commissioners, it is not surprising that Bukov closes hard when he discovers a warehouse full of plagiarism – after all, his father is inside. The agreement with the criminals also fits into the scheme of the television clients, who do not have to worry about any law. "It's so pathetic," says King.
She had been almost raped in a previous episode and had defended and avenged. Now she is condemned for a dangerous attack in charge of almost 10,000 euros. Bukow has to pay at the same time due to attempted oversight of 8400 euros.