29 German police officers suspended for sharing Hitler`s picture
Published: 08:52 PM, 20 September 2020
Twenty-nine German police officers have been suspended as they were alleged on charge of sharing pictures of Adolf Hitler and depictions of refugees in gas chambers on their phones.
Police squads raided 34 private homes and bureaus of colleagues across the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) on Wednesday, over what the state's interior minister, Herbert Reul, described as "the worst and obnoxious" content, Deutsche Welle (DW) reported.
More than 200 police officers were involved in raids on 34 police stations and private homes linked to 11 main suspects. The officers are said to have shared more than 100 neo-Nazi images in WhatsApp groups.
The DW reported that at least 5 private WhatsApp chat groups — the oldest dating back to 2013, the latest to 2015 — contained 126 electronic images, including photos of Adolf Hitler and a fictional depiction of a refugee in a gas chamber, Reul said.
"I'm appalled and ashamed," said Frank Richter, chief of the police force in the city of Essen where most of the suspects worked. "It is hard to find words."
Such activities are considered as crime in Germany. According to the police, those who did not participate in the discussion in that group are also being questioned. They are being asked why they did not report such incidents to high-ranking officials.
German police authorities say they are giving more attention to conduct an impartial investigation with adding there is no place for racism in the administration.