Distraught father says: ‘Cops who ran over my son are murderers’

Arthur Holscher-Ermert, 27, died after being hit by an unmarked police car on Saturday night. His family demanded answers from the police

Arthur Hoelscher-Ermert died after being hit by an unmarked police car
Arthur Hoelscher-Ermert died after being hit by an unmarked police car

A university professor has accused police officers of murder after his son was hit by an unmarked police car.

Arthur Holscher-Ermert, 27, was walking when he was struck by the vehicle in Peacehaven, East Sussex on Saturday.

Footage reportedly shows him on the ground, moaning and being pinned down by uniformed officers after the incident at around 11pm.

Sussex Police have referred the incident to the independent Bureau of Police Conduct and have issued a statement saying their thoughts are with the 27-year-old’s family.

Flowers, cards and beer bottles were left at the scene in honor of Arthur.

Last night dozens of people gathered to commemorate him.

His father, Professor Jens Holscher, said he would take legal action against Sussex Police.

The 60-year-old told the Times: “They ran him over on purpose. It’s murder in my eyes.

Arthur Holscher-Ermert (left) with his father Prof. Jens Holscher (middle) and his older brother Karl

“I can’t understand what’s happening right now. We are so concerned this is my young son and nothing is being done.

“It’s so hard to comprehend, I can’t believe it.

“It feels like there’s a cover-up. she [the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC)] called us and the man seemed to be siding with the police. It was a clear show of power.

“We assume that the police are seriously at fault and will immediately take legal action. We haven’t even received an apology – how low can you be?

“We want him [the officer responsible] taken off the street”.

Police officers at the crime scene in Peacehaven, East Sussex


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Sonia Drews, 68, Holscher’s partner, added: “Arthur was 27 and had his whole life ahead of him. “He was very happy. He had found a new girlfriend and they were saving for a house together.

“He had so many plans for the future.”

Arthur’s brother Karl told it the Brighton Argus You have yet to hear from officials.

He added: “It’s incredible. It’s like something out of a movie, none of it feels real. It doesn’t make sense how he came to his death.

The family have demanded answers from Sussex Police



“We’re going to track it, we’re going to go as long as we need to and get to the bottom of it.

“I want to know what’s happening with the investigation.

“I want answers and we’re not getting them.”

The IOPC appealed for witnesses to come forward with footage from phones or dashcams and said investigators would be in the area to collect evidence.

Chief Superintendent Jo Banks said: “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the man who tragically died in this collision.

“We recognize the impact of this incident on his family and the local community and are cooperating fully with the IOPC to ensure a full and fair investigation.

“The IOPC is in contact with the family and therefore we cannot give any further information.”

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