Berlin: Twenty-nine police officers were suspended from duty in Germany on Wednesday and many of them are to be sacked after they were caught sharing “disgusting” far-right material online.
Mocked-up images of refugees in a gas chamber and a black child being shot were among the content shared by the officers in private online chats. They also shared pictures of Hitler, swastikas and concentration camps.
“We are talking about the worst, most disgusting neo-Nazi, racist, anti-refugee agitation,” said Herbert Reul, the regional interior minister of North Rhine-Westphalia. “I tell you, in my opinion this is a disgrace for the NRW police. These people have thrown away the right to wear the uniform.”
The officers are understood to include six women and some with an immigrant background. Fourteen are to be summarily dismissed while the remaining 15 are considered only to have received the images and face disciplinary action. Eleven of those responsible for sharing the most extreme images face criminal charges.