Archiv der Kategorie: Summaries

The – yet – only englishspoken section of Bürgerrechte & Polizei/CILIP. FInd here a brief summary of all articles of each edition.

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Focus: Racial profiling

The institutional racism of police checks and beyond
by Heiner Busch
Stops and identity checks only on the grounds of the colours of the skin or the „foreign“ appearance of persons are unconstitutional and therefore do not occur, says the German government. Police officers receive special human rights and anti-discrimination training. In the government’s and the police‘ perception, racial profiling if it ever does occur is the result of an individual abuse of power. In fact, however, it is part of the logic of police controls without reasonable suspicion and inherent to the police task to control migration. Racial profiling is not only part of police stops and controls. Ethnic minorities and immigrant communities are repeatedly conceived and treated as dangerous. Summaries weiterlesen

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Thematic focus: The state’s fight against right?

Accident NSU: Wrong interpretations and the usual solutions
by Heiner Busch
For almost 13 years, the trio Uwe Mundlos, Uwe Böhnhard and Beate Zschäpe were able to live underground, undisturbed by police and secret services and to commit nine murders of immigrants and one police officer, two bomb attacks with dozens injured and fourteen bank robberies. There are currently four parliamentary investigation committees dealing with the „National Socialist Underground” (NSU) and the failure of the „security services” – one in the Federal Lower House of Parliament and three in regional parliaments. The Federal Government and the established parties, however, have already come to a conclusion: lack of coordination, lack of information exchange and unclear remits are supposed to be the reasons for the failure of the security services. The conclusions and demands are, accordingly, more cooperation between police and security forces and strengthening the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (Verfassungsschutz). Summaries weiterlesen

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100 x CILIP: Civil liberties in the shadow of police

by Wolf-Dieter Narr
In March 1978, Bürgerrechte & Polizei/CILIP published its first issue. Since then, the journal has pursued a double agenda: it did and still does aim at providing an information service and to focus on a broad set of issues: structural data on police developments in Germany and Europe; including legal developments, personal data, deployed weapons, problems with the control of police and opportunities to create public awareness around these themes. On the other hand, this information service sought to support the work of critical civil society groups with well-analysed and convincing data. Summaries weiterlesen

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Thematic focus: Control of the police

Controlling the police – a democratic matter of course
by Norbert Pütter
Unlike other „western democracies”, Germany has constantly ignored the claims of international human rights bodies and national civil liberties organisations to set up independent police monitoring and complaints commissions. Ministers of the Interior and ruling parties stick to authoritarian German state traditions, in which the police shall serve the state rather than the citizens or the local community. Experiences in other countries, however, show that complaints commissions not only might help people to defend their rights in cases of police violence. They also are an instrument of managing legitimation for the police themselves. Summaries weiterlesen

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Thematic focus: The internet under control?

Digital underground: Web 2.0 as new arena for criminal investigators and those being labelled criminal
by Matthias Monroy and Heiner Busch

Unlimited instruments to control the internet are justified by the equation of war, terrorism and organised crime. Hence the open nature of the internet is becoming the projection surface for security ideologies of all kind. The article provides an overview of current scenarios of threat and of those who articulate these. Summaries weiterlesen

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Thematic focus: Private prosecutors

Private and state investigators – an introduction
by Norbert Pütter
The private security market is not restricted to patrol and watch services. In the context of increasing industry interest in security, the focus has turned to investigative activities executed either by in-house security departments and/or external service providers. The private contractor thereby decides the cause of the „investigation” and decides whether its results lead to charges being filed. There is, however, no contradiction in the relation between private and state security. Rather, different forms of cooperation and information exchange exist, which are sometimes legally fixed and at other times result from informal connections. The area of „grey policing”, whereby industry and state interest overlap, represents a serious threat. Summaries weiterlesen

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Focus: Crossing borders – Police on the way

Police on the way – an introduction
by Heiner Busch
It is not only true of the political police forces, which traditionally operate abroad with or without permission, that police activities do not end at state borders. In the last few decades massive internationalisation of police activities has taken place. European police forces currently have access to extensive networks of liaison officers. Within the context of the EU, cross-border police operations were legalised. Even the dispatching of large contingents of riot police to summit meetings or football matches is possible today. The border police of the EU states are active along the common external border. In addition, police are often in action together with the military in operations abroad. Summaries weiterlesen