Right-wing extremism among police in North Rhine-Westphalia: “No one should be surprised anymore”

Right-wing extremism among police in North Rhine-Westphalia: “No one should be surprised anymore”

“Upset and upset,” says Sebastian Fiedler of the Bund Deutscher Kriminalbeamter v daily topics on right-wing extremism in the NRW police force. However, the problem is not new for him – that is why he is pushing for consequences.

29 police officers from North Rhine-Westphalia are being investigated for spreading right-wing extremist images and content in chat groups. Police and politicians are shocked. And from the point of view of Bund Deutscher Kriminalbeamter Sebastian Fiedler, the scandal must have clear consequences.

He himself was “angry and angry” at the incidents that became public, Fiedler said in an interview with daily topics. However, it certainly acknowledges the parallels of how “radicalization within its own ranks” and thus “criminals within its own ranks” can take place. This is primarily done digitally – through chat groups on private devices.


“Coincidence can no longer lead us”

Now we need to focus on how we can notice something like this sooner, because “by chance we can no longer follow the future.” If this fails, there is a risk that the police will lose the confidence of the population, so Fiedler continues.

The fact that there is also right-wing extremism among the police should “no longer surprise anyone,” Fiedler said. The Bundestag discussed a problem a year ago, such as NSU 2.0 or the right-wing “Hannibal” network.

“No federal state is immune”

Fiedler stressed that no federal state is “immune.” Therefore, all countries would have to take “a range of measures” to prevent the spread of right-wing extremist views among the police. Fiedler, for example, names scientific studies to shed light on the subject, but so far they have hardly been approved. Or intensified contact with migrant organizations to promote dialogue.


Mark James

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