Germany should press ahead with its study into racial profiling by police, the government’s integration commissioner Annette Widmann-Mauz said on Friday. In an interview with the Funke media group, she said the issue needs to be dealt with scientifically so an objective debate can be had. Widmann-Mauz, who is also a deputy minister in the chancellery, added that the argument had been strengthened by German police associations who had supported the idea. On Sunday, the interior ministry announced it was halting a planned investigation into racial profiling by German police forces. Read more: Racial profiling: Germany debating police methods Plan was advanced The justice and interior ministries last month formulated plans to research the scale of the problem after large anti-police racism protests erupted worldwide in the wake of George Floyd’s death. However, the plan was shelved after Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said that as racial profiling is prohibited, it didn’t need to be separately examined. Widmann-Mauz, however, insisted a study would support the officers “who do vital work every day and tackle problems wherever they arise.” German Migration, Refugees and Integration Commissioner Annette Widmann-Mauz Police support critical The trade union representing Germany’s criminal police, the BDK, on Monday, called for the interior ministry not to abandon plans for the study. “The… Read full this story
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