For a long time, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) has refused to. But now it looks like he will have to bow to prere from the public and coalition partner SPD. The possible study on Racism in the Police is to come.
At least that's what Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz says. In a surprise move, the SPD politician has announced that the federal government will now have racism within the police investigated after all. "There will be Study give," Scholz said, according to the WDR COSMO podcast "Machiavelli". "We are still thinking about what to call them."
He is in close contact with Horst Seehofer on the subject, and they talk about it "every other day. Also according to information of the "Rheinische Post" a solution is emerging.
Racism among police: Seehofer sees no "structural problem"
Seehofer has repeatedly rejected a study of racism that only looks at the police. But he expressed openness to investigating security agencies as part of a comprehensive study of racism in society.
As recently as last week, Seehofer stressed "that we do not have a structural problem with right-wing extremism in the federal and state security agencies". Scholz criticized in WDR podcast: "A study should have been commissioned long ago."He expressed confidence that this would now happen in a timely manner.
Racism in the police: right-wing extremist chat groups are being busted again and again
Background for the debate are numerous revelations from the past months, in which right-wing extremist chat groups within the police were exposed. The SPD had therefore demanded a study on racist attitudes among police officers.
The Minister of the Interior, however, had always rejected this. His argument: it would place the police under general suspicion to focus exclusively on the security authorities when investigating the phenomenon.
Now the discussion within the CDU/CSU amounts to a solution consisting of three different studies, reported the "Rheinische Post" with reference to the North Rhine-Westphalian Interior Minister Herbert Reul (CDU). The SPD interior ministers should follow the path taken by Seehofer, "party-political bickering" should not be allowed on this important ie, Reul told the newspaper.
Three racism investigations instead of one
Accordingly, there should be a separate analysis of the facts from the situation report of the Verfangsschutz on right-wing extremism in the security agencies and this report should be extended to the entire civil service.
In addition, a comprehensive investigation into racism in all areas of society would be commissioned, without limiting this to professional groups. Finally, a study is to be added that will look into the motivations of police trainees, the everyday life of the police and violence against the police.
Racism in the police: links to the "NSU 2.0"
In several German states, right-wing extremist incidents had come to the attention of the police in recent months. Last had become one in which racist material was shared. In Saxony-Anhalt, Interior Minister Holger Stahlknecht (CDU) announced an external and independent special commission after it became public that the snack bar in the riot police had always been called "Jew".
Even with the threatening letters that have been appearing for years, the NSU 2.0 are signed, there are connections to the police in several federal states. (dpa/tma)