Boris Reitschuster is a popular German vlogger and journalist. I’ve posted his videos a number of times in the past, but below are three textual posts from his website, all translated by Hellequin GB.
The series began with an lengthy email from a policeman, which generated a lot of comment. This article — the most recent one — posts a message from a police officer that refers to previous articles:
Police officer insider report: We “literally work for the trash”
“Discrepancy in the political guidelines for migration policy and Corona measures”
A week ago I published the shocking insider report by a federal police officer about what was happening at the German-Polish border. It triggered a lot of reactions. I was particularly impressed by the letter from a policeman I knew. He confirmed the experiences of his colleague — and complained that the officials “literally work for the trash” and are measured by two standards on the instructions of politicians. Here is the letter from the policeman who earlier described interior views from the police service for my side:
This very authentic letter from a federal police officer relentlessly takes a look at the fundamental problems in this country. However, it is also a confirmation of my article and the existence of “critical officials” within the police apparatus.
The statements of the federal police officer regarding the migrants sound very familiar to me and must therefore be taken seriously!
A few additional thoughts that crossed my mind while reading the text of my colleague: As a police officer who witnessed [the migration crisis of] 2015 and what happened back then, there are clearly visible parallels compared to today. At that time, the events of politics and the media were presented in the best possible light, while the current conditions at the German borders were completely disregarded. Nonetheless, both approaches have in common that the difficulties associated with the issue are completely ignored and, moreover, critics of this type of migration policy are defamed as “right-wing populists”.
In connection with the letter from the federal police officer, it is also important to me to point out a fundamental problem to which, in my opinion, far too little attention is paid.
Also at the risk of expressing myself politically incorrectly: People who enter or stay in German federal territory illegally and without a valid passport are liable to prosecution within the meaning of Section 95 of the Residence Act. As a result, a police officer must file a criminal complaint if these provisions are in place. This also applies when people ask for asylum. If those migrants are unable to show any valid identity documents or residence permits (which is usually the case), they are initially suspected of violating Section 95 of the Residence Act.
As mentioned in the letter from the federal police officer, this means that if a large number of asylum seekers have been apprehended, a large number of police officers are also necessary to deal with the cases. This includes, among other things, the search, the production of a criminal complaint including identification measures, and, if necessary, the transfer to asylum shelters.
For a complete processing of such a case (!), the officer, in my experience as a state police officer, has to plan at least one hour. So you can imagine how lengthy the processing of numerous asylum seekers can be on the one hand and how much time remains for the police work “on the street” on the other.
However, what bothers me most in this area to this day, is that you knew and know that you are working symbolically “for the wastebasket” even before the production of reports began. Early on during the events in 2015, we were informed by the responsible public prosecutor’s office that the police would not be followed up with in connection with the illegal stay of people. You can surely imagine how motivated you are and how motivated you were when you’re doing the paperwork, when you know that what you have written can only serve as the filling in a wastepaper basket, but at the same time it is made clear to you by a manager that failing to prepare a criminal complaint comprises a criminal offense of obstruction of punishment in office. Finally, just a small reference to the fact that in Germany the public prosecutor’s offices are dependent on the instructions of the respective ministers of justice…
As can be seen in the colleague’s letter, the discrepancy between the political guidelines for migration policy and the Corona measures is considerable.
In my opinion, this is due to the fact that politicians know exactly parts of the population on which they can impose tough measures and which parts, in their opinion, they have to be extremely careful of so that no backlash and “unsightly images” are generated ( Keyword: appeasement policy).
I think it is obvious that none of this can be in the interests of social cohesion in Germany.
I would like to thank my colleague for his words and I hope that the readers of this page were able to get an authentic look at the policeman’s working world, which is often the subject of numerous speculations.