After the uncovering of a right-wing extremist chat group at the police in North Rhine-Westphalia are New suspected cases of right-wing extremism at the police in Berlin and at the Verfangsschutz in North Rhine-Westphalia became known.
According to research by the ARD magazine "Monitor" is now also in the ranks of the Berlin police a chat with racist content surfaced. In it, Muslims were described as a "fanatical primate culture," refugees were equated with rapists or rats, and neo-Nazis were mentioned as possible "allies" at left-wing demonstrations, according to the report, which is to be broadcast on Thursday evening.
Racist chat group: more than 25 Berlin police officers allegedly exchanged information
It is said to be the internal chat of a Service group of the Berlin police force, in which more than 25 officers are said to have exchanged. Seven officers in particular had regularly made clearly racist comments in it, often in the form of alleged jokes, the report says.
colleagues had often commented on the statements with approval. A supervisor of the group was said to be over racist remarks had been informed in the chat. In an email, he had asked the officials not to share content relevant to criminal law.
According to the magazine, Berlin's Interior Senator Andreas Geisel (SPD) said: "If the accusations are true, this is absolutely unacceptable and has nothing to do with a modern, cosmopolitan capital city police force."
Berlin police begin investigation
The Berlin police initiated criminal proceedings after the right-wing extremist chat group came to light. "With knowledge of the facts, we immediately initiated criminal proceedings and took up the investigation."
The Berlin police announced that they will "use all legal means up to the Entlang" against officials who "reject the values and ideals of the Verfang, act contrary to them or oppose them". Racists and racists had "no place in our ranks and in the police in general".
NRW: Suspected cases of right-wing extremism at the interception service
North Rhine-Westphalia's Verfangsschutz now also has suspected cases of right-wing extremism. Three members of the observation team were suspected of this, as the state interior ministry told the Dusseldorf-based "Rheinische Post" newspaper. In addition, a fourth person was suspected of right-wing extremism, who had worked in the Interior Ministry as an "administrative officer in the police department".
The Verfangsschutz employees had come to attention because they had sent videos "with Islamophobic or xenophobic connotations" in online networks and chats, the ministry explained, according to the newspaper. The clue to the chat group within the observation team would have provided colleagues who had received these videos. According to the report, the employee or employees in the police department had noticed Facebook contacts with members of the right-wing extremist scene.
Suspected employees observed right-wing extremists
The three suspected employees in the Verfangsschutz were according to the information among other things for the observation of right-wing extremists responsible. The observation teams are basically deployed in all areas, including that of right-wing extremism, the Interior Ministry explained. The observation team has since been disbanded and "the management staff has been replaced".
The Interior Ministry initiated disciplinary and personnel measures immediately after the right-wing extremism allegations arose, a spokeswoman told the "Rheinische Post" newspaper. Of the four proceedings, one has already been concluded with the imposition of a disciplinary measure, he said. The other three were currently still under investigation.