Stuttgart / Berlin (dpa / lsw) - The German police union considers the veto of the police in Baden-Württemberg against the nationwide study on "Motivation, attitude and violence in everyday life" of police officers to be completely understandable. The main staff council is not there to execute the will of politicians, said union boss Rainer Wendt on Tuesday of the German Press Agency. In addition, there are serious doubts about the independence of the study by the German Police University in Münster. "The police are fed up with all these racism studies, which have no other purpose than to confirm the view that many already have that the police are a racist gang of thugs."
Wendt said the fact that all states except Baden-Württemberg and Hamburg took part in the study says nothing about acceptance by the police. Because in many countries the main staff council was not asked for its approval. "But you should have asked everywhere," said Wendt. The low response rate to the questionnaires shows that acceptance is very low. According to his information, a good 20 percent took part nationwide, but in Bavaria, for example, the rate was only two to three percent. "Many police officers recognize the intention behind it."