Police work: lower Saxony wants racism study without Seehofer

lower Saxony interior Minister Boris Pistorius (SPD) wants to organize a study of police work and racism in the network of several German Federal States. "I wo

Police work: lower Saxony wants racism study without Seehofer

lower Saxony interior Minister Boris Pistorius (SPD) wants to organize a study of police work and racism in the network of several German Federal States. "I would hope that we do this, whether with or without the Federal", - said the coordinator of the SPD Minister of the interior of the "New Osnabrücker Zeitung" of Friday. He will try to convince his colleagues in the countries in the autumn of a joint study. In order to gain a representative picture, had to include the investigation of several länder.

It is mainly about Racial Profiling. It speaks, if people because of their skin color, hair color or other external characteristics, but without a specific occasion in a controlled manner. The Federal interior Ministry had announced in June a study on this. Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) back, however, took the announcement of his departments.

"Nothing to fear"

For a discussion of Racial Profiling Pistorius told the newspaper: "If you have to do in a certain area always with a same ethnic group, the deal there, then it may be useful, Related to the group, and to control probably Associated more frequently than any of the passers-by. This is not Racial Profiling“. It is also the case that younger people were more often in a drug-control than older people, without this being discrimination. A study could help to clarify this tension.

The Minister had stressed a few days ago in the "süddeutsche Zeitung", it is a matter not the stigma of police officers, but to improve their work. Germany's police criticism and capable of learning. "Such a study would therefore be nothing you have to fear," said Pistorius.

Updated Date: 17 July 2020, 10:19

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