According to the newspaper, the federal police did World on Sunday Between the beginning of 2017 and June this year, 24 right-wing extremist and 20 suspected racist cases were registered.
So far, 21 of the proceedings have been completed, as the newspaper announced, citing the Presidium of the Federal Police. “Two of these cases ended with a termination, nine times disciplinary measures were imposed, in ten cases the officers were dismissed or not taken on after completing their training,” the report said.
Of the cases, 31 became known through internal reports from the Federal Police. Together with the presidents of the security authorities subordinate to him, Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) wants to present a situation report on suspected right-wing extremist cases to the police and other federal security authorities on Tuesday.
In the past few days and weeks, more and more suspected cases of right-wing extremism have become known in the police. The topic came up through chat groups of officials in North Rhine-Westphalia, in which they had shared racist images and right-wing extremist agitation. Suspected cases are also being investigated in other authorities in the state. A chat with racist content was also uncovered in Berlin.
In Thuringia, a police candidate is said to have passed on right-wing extremist content in a chat, as was recently announced. The Gera public prosecutor’s office is investigating the case, as the Interior Ministry announced on Friday evening. Chat partner was a person outside the police. “Findings about the involvement of other police officers are currently not available,” it said. But this is being investigated with vigor.
At the same time, the legal consequences against the accused from the Meiningen training center are being examined. Interior Minister Gregor Maier (SPD) emphasized that all police officers would have to stand by the Basic Law and stand up for the free and democratic basic order at any time. “Anyone who does not live up to this claim has no place in the Thuringian police.” The case became known on Thursday, the message said. On Friday there were therefore searches of the police candidate.
Schwesig for nationwide racism study in all public institutions
Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania’s Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig is meanwhile calling for a nationwide study on racism in all public institutions instead of just the police. “In the debate about a racism study in the police, I would broaden the perspective. I am in favor of a nationwide racism study in all public institutions,” said the SPD politician in Düsseldorf Rheinische Post.
The approach is similar to the position of Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU). He rejects a racism study to be carried out by independent scientists solely for the police, because he suspects a general suspicion of all police officers in it, but is open to a broader study on racism in society. This idea had already been discussed in the cabinet committee on right-wing extremism and racism at the beginning of September. Migrant associations had suggested that possible racist discrimination in the job center or when looking for accommodation should also be taken into account.
Seehofer’s refusal to conduct a purely police study was not only met with criticism from politicians from the SPD, the Left Party and the Greens. Federal Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (SPD) had spoken out in favor of such a study.