Twenty-nine German police suspended for sharing neo-Nazi images

Over 100 images, including those depicting refugees in gas chambers, were uncovered


Twenty-nine police officers in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia have been suspended for sharing neo-Nazi images and using far-right chatrooms.

Over 200 police officers were involved in raids on 34 stations and private homes linked to the 11 key suspects.

The officers are accused of sharing more than 100 pictures in WhatsApp groups, including images of Adolf Hitler and refugees in gas chambers.

The interior minister for the region, Herbert Reul, decried the revelation as a “disgrace for NRW police”.

“Right-wing extremists and neo-Nazis have absolutely no place” in the force, Mr Reul told reporters, adding that he expected more offensive content to come to light as the investigation proceeded.

Frank Richter, the police chief in Essen – where most of the suspects were based – said he was “appalled and ashamed”.

While some of the suspects face hate speech charges, others are accused of failing to report their colleagues’ actions.

The news comes just a day after German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed her deep shame over antisemitism and racism.

“Racism and antisemitism never disappeared, but for some time now they have become more visible and uninhibited,” Ms Merkel told a ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Central Council of Jews. The council’s president Josef Schuster warned that “the Nazis’ ideas have still not disappeared.”

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