A special police force in the German city of Frankfurt is being disbanded because its 18 police officers reportedly shared photos of right-wing extremists and neo-Nazis in the chat group. These people have been suspended pending investigation. This is the second time Frankfurt police have been discredited by right-wing extremism.
It involves a total of 20 men between the ages of 28 and 54 who share discriminatory text and Nazi symbols in chat groups through Whatsapp and Telegram. The chat groups surveyed were mainly active in 2016 and 2017, and the last message was from 2019. According to the Minister of the Interior of the State of Hessen, these dialogues showed a “straightforward, discriminatory attitude, and in some cases right-wing “extremist beliefs.”
Yesterday the agent’s house and workplace Task force Search for Swedish Krona. Seventeen of the 20 police officers were suspected of inciting rebellion and using prohibited signs of anti-democratic organizations. The other three, including a manager, were not active in the chat group, mainly watching. They are accused of failing to intervene, thereby hindering the prosecution of criminal acts.
Frankfurt Police Chief Gerhard Bereswill has written to all police officers, expressing the hope that all police officers “always defend the country’s democratic order in accordance with their own convictions” and must immediately report crimes committed by colleagues.
At the end of 2018, the agents were also fired for sharing photos of Hitler and refugees in the concentration camp in the chat group. Currently, four of them are being prosecuted.
Beresville emphasized that most of his team are “conscientious.” These studies focus on “the few who think they don’t have to follow the rules.”
However, the debate between the police and the military over right-wing extremism has continued to resurface. Recently, Franco A., a soldier suspected of carrying out terrorist attacks and eliminating left-wing politicians, was tried. A special unit of the army was temporarily disbanded because they saluted the Nazis at the party and listened to far-right music. They will also transfer ammunition from military bases.
In North Rhine-Westphalia, at least 30 police officers were fired last year, but also because they established chat groups that allowed xenophobia to raging.
According to the Ministry of the Interior, between 2017 and 2020, 380 security service agents or employees were suspected of right-wing extremist thinking.