Herbert Reul: No more Herrenreiter’s attitude to the police

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Politicians must abandon their moral attitude from Herrenreiter to the police. “

Police union calls for bodycam cameras for officers on duty

Attacks on police officers have intensified across the country. In response to the fatal shots in Kusel, the police union is now demanding that their colleagues equip bodies with cameras.

Following the Kusel murder, the Interior Minister of NRW Reul (CDU) reprimanded daily violence, insults and accusations against the police in a guest article. And: Some politicians are making things worse by hiding problems – such as crimes committed by migrants.

Bthey spat, insulted, insulted – what policemen experience on a daily basis in contact with supposedly good citizens is a scandal. And we are not even talking about special situations, such as on the fringes of a demonstration or when the police again have to stand between groups of violent football hooligans lest they break their heads.

Instead, it is also about daily disregard, disregard and groundless accusations and innuendo that policemen in our country experience on a daily basis. Violent attacks are also part of daily activities. According to the statistics of the Federal Criminal Police Office, in 2020 almost 85,000 police officers were victims of violence.

CDU politician Herbert Reul, 69, has headed the Ministry of the Interior of North Rhine-Westphalia since June 2017

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And even if the murders of the two officials of Rhineland-Palatinate seem unusual and unique in their viciousness and reproach, one should not be surprised.

In 2020 alone, the BKA registered 63 crimes of manslaughter and manslaughter, and 114 policemen were victims (42 more than in 2019). Fortunately, the killings remained experimental with the exception of one murder. In 2022, we will now record two completed crimes. So far, but it’s only February.

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Our proverbial “friend and helper” is in desperate need and urgently needs our solidarity. The disbelief, compassion and sadness that many people across Germany have expressed about Kusel’s death are important, but it is not enough.

Don’t hide your problems because they go against your worldview

We have a duty to protect as much as possible from harm to those who work for our safety every day. Officials risk their lives every day for our constitutional state – a double murder has reminded us of that in a terrible way. The minimum is how best to equip them with safety vests, helmets and vehicles.

And, of course, also by means of which they can effectively defend themselves against attacks and threats, to do their job. However, we also need a clear commitment to the police and trust in the police. This involves assessing and deciding on internal security issues not ideologically but from a technical point of view.

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This includes asking themselves how politicians can help the police do their job rather than intimidating them out of basic distrust and restricting their options as much as possible. This includes not portraying each individual official’s misconduct as symptomatic of the entire profession.

Remember that it is not about hiding or downplaying problems in the police, quite the contrary. However, prematurely breaking the baton of people who dedicate their working lives to the service of the community with the moral attitude of Herrenreiter is definitely the wrong course of action.

It also includes an attitude that does not hide problems if they are inconsistent with your own worldview. Addressing clan crime, migrant crimes, the refugee problem and the infiltration of Fridays for the Future by radical violent criminals are just a few examples.

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In politics, we need an attitude towards our policemen that is characterized by recognition, trust and respect, which clearly shows: whoever attacks one policeman attacks us all.

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