BERLIN – No police study, after all

The German government will not commission a report examining racial profiling in the police force, after Interior Minister Horst Seehofer Horst Seehofer (CSU) said over the weekend that he sees “no need” for it”.

This comes after the country’s interior and justice ministries had announced plans to conduct such a study in early June, in line with the recommendations of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI).

The interior ministry asserted that Seehofer’s view was justified given the current rules in place for the police. “In particular, checks on persons must be carried out without discrimination,” a spokesperson said. The ministry added that cases of discrimination are “mercilessly investigated and promptly sanctioned.”

The decision not to commission the report prompted a swift backlash from the Christian Democrat’s governing partners, the Social Democrats (SPD), as well as the Greens and the Left (Die Linke), who claimed that Seehofer simply wants to repress the debate. 

Irene Mihalic, interior expert for the Greens and also a long-time police officer, called Seehofer’s judgement a mistake, saying “it is undisputed that there are cases of racial profiling in the police force. We need to know how big the problem is to develop solutions.”

(Sarah Lawton | EURACTIV.de

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