German police probe their own ranks for extremism after Reichsbürger shooting

German police probe their own ranks for extremism after Reichsbürger shooting

German police (Stock photo)

Monday, October 31, 2016

Police in Germany are to investigate whether their own officers have links to the extremist Reichsbürger movement.

The news comes two weeks after a Reichsbürger gunman opened fire on four police officers during a police raid, killing one. 

The Reichsbürger group does not recognize the Federal Republic of Germany as a legitimate state, believing the true borders of Germany are those which existed prior to the Second World War. 

Following the shooting, numerous police departments admitted having had to deal with affliates of the group within their own ranks. At present, it's thought that at least 15 officers across Germany are facing disciplinary procedures for their suspected links to the group. 

The group is suspected to have grown because of an expansion of right-wing extremism across Germany, and is reportedly closely monitored by German intelligence.

Bavaria's interior minister Joachim Herrmann called for a “thorough review” of such groups in the state.

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