German Green party youth wants to 'replace' police | DW | 16.08.2020

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    The Grüne Jugend wants to "Gradually eliminate state force as a means to resolve conflicts and replace it with prevention and cooperation," according to a policy paper seen by the taz newspaper.

    Like police-defunding campaigns in the US, the Grüne Jugend argue that many of the tasks currently being carried out by the police could be performed much better by other state representatives, such as social workers or care workers with psychiatric training.

    The Grüne Jugend paper occasionally uses provocative language, describing some police officers as "Perpetrators in uniform" and arguing there was a "Structural problem" in the force.

    The German police has been dogged by accusations of unnecessary violence,right-wing culture in the ranks, and deliberate racial profiling.

    Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has refused to green-light a study into racial profiling in the police.

    Grüne Jugend spokesman Georg Kurz called the plans "First steps towards binding the police to principles of the rule of law."

    Irene Mihalic, domestic policy spokeswoman for the Green party in the parliament, and herself a police officer, said the paper contained, "a lot of interesting impulses," but that she did not like the "Tone and the often polemical evaluations." "Most police officers do a very good job and have nothing to do with racism," she told the taz.

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