Twenty-nine German cops have been suspended for sharing footage of Adolf Hitler and depictions of refugees in fuel chambers on their telephones.
The officers additionally used far-right chatrooms the place swastikas and different Nazi symbols had been shared, officers in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) stated.
NRW Inside Minister Herbert Reul stated it was a “shame for NRW police”.
It follows a number of different incidences of far-right extremism among the many German safety companies.
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Greater than 200 cops had been concerned in raids on 34 police stations and personal houses linked to 11 essential suspects. The officers are stated to have shared greater than 100 neo-Nazi photos in WhatsApp teams.
A few of the suspects face prices of spreading Nazi propaganda and hate speech. Others are accused of not reporting their colleagues’ actions.
“That is the worst and most repulsive type of hate-baiting,” Mr Reul stated, including that he anticipated the investigation to search out extra chats with offensive content material.
“I am appalled and ashamed,” stated Frank Richter, the police chief within the metropolis of Essen the place many of the suspects had been based mostly. “It’s onerous to search out phrases.”
Mr Reul has now launched an investigation into the extent of extremism among the many state’s police.
“Proper-wing extremists and neo-Nazis have completely no place within the North Rhine-Westphalia police, our police,” he stated, and the authorities needed to present a “crystal clear political profile” that rejected the far proper.
Germany’s police and safety companies have confronted accusations that they don’t seem to be doing sufficient to root out extremists inside their ranks.
In July prosecutors stated they’d arrested a former police officer and his spouse who’re suspected of sending threats to well-known figures of immigrant background, together with a number of ethnically Turkish lawmakers.
The scandal has already seen the Hesse state police chief Udo Münch resign after it emerged that police computer systems had been used to search out out particulars of a left-wing politician who later acquired one of many threatening emails.