In the scandal over right-wing chats by police officers in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, two officers were searched on Friday. You have been suspended from duty, said State Interior Minister Lorenz Caffier (CDU) in Schwerin that evening. Disciplinary proceedings have been initiated against two other police officers, but they have not been searched.
A total of 17 officials and a collective bargaining employee of the Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania State Police are now suspected of having exchanged right-wing extremist ideas in Internet chats.
For the past three years, right-wing extremist police officers have repeatedly been found in the state. The starting point was investigations by the Attorney General against the alleged right-wing extremist prepper group “Nordkreuz”, which according to Caffier is still going on. In this connection, extensive data had been obtained from an ex-elite police officer from the vicinity of Schwerin. This is now being evaluated more and more, said Caffier.
According to the current state of knowledge, Caffier does not see a connection to the right-wing extremist WhatsApp chats uncovered in North Rhine-Westphalia. According to Interior Minister Herbert Reul (CDU), investigators have 30 police officers in their sights in NRW. Since not all of them had actively sent right-wing extremist messages to the group or cases are already statute-barred, only some of them are being prosecuted. Everyone was suspended. 14 officials are to be completely removed from the service.