The interior minister said he would no longer deploy federal police to the capital.
BERLIN — Federal police will no longer be deployed for operations in the German capital due to a new anti-discrimination law, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said Wednesday.
This month, regional lawmakers in the federal city state of Berlin approved a plan that bans public officials, including the police, from discriminating against people based on everything from skin color to gender.
While the new rules are aimed at curbing racial profiling, police unions warn of a “blanket mistrust” created by the law.
“I can not subject my officials … to a situation in which they are the ones that have to prove that they did not discriminate against anyone,” said Seehofer, according to the German Press Agency.
When asked whether extra federal police would be deployed to Berlin, Seehofer said “not for the time being,” but the ministry has given no indication that officers currently posted in the capital would be withdrawn.
The federal police are distinct from local forces across Germany’s 16 federal states and are tasked with guarding railway stations, airports, government facilities and borders. The force includes 35,000 law enforcement officers.
Berlin is governed by a left-leaning coalition comprised of the Social Democrats, the Greens and the far-left Linke. Seehofer is a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives.
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