Munich police officers suspended from work, face antisemitic charges
Munich – A total of 13 Munich police officers are under investigation over work and legal violations, which include the sharing of objectionable content via social networks, the police headquarters said in a statement on Friday.
The statement cited five officers who have been suspended from work since February, and eight others who were transferred to different duties in early March.
The evidence was discovered on one of the officers’ mobile phone that was being examined as part of a separate investigation into a possible sexual offence.
Interne Ermittlungen führten zu einem Chat unseres Einsatzzuges mit möglichem strafrelevanten Inhalt. Mittlerweile wurden vier Beamte der @PolizeiMuenchen suspendiert und neun Beamte an andere Dienststellen versetzt.
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— Polizei München (@PolizeiMuenchen) March 15, 2019
Investigators also found a video which documents the use of electroshock Tasers on other officers during a training session, something that violates police rules.
Possible charges against the officer are currently considered by the Munich public prosecutor’s office and the Bavarian State Office for Criminal Investigation.
The developments come after a study by the Technical University of Berlin (TU Berlin) revealed in July 2018 that Jews and Israelis are now most frequently threatened through the Internet, where antisemitic attacks and insults are becoming “more hateful and more radical”.