German Police, Stop the Hate

So it’s the second intermission of the Kings/Wild game and surprise surprise, the Kings are having trouble scoring goals once again. With the Kings averaging close to two goals a game and being down 3-0, I wouldn’t count on them mounting a come-from-behind victory against the league’s best team.

This second intermission has given me a chance to catch up on any tweets I may have missed earlier in the day on Twitter. Speaking of Twitter, I have to say I really like the new design to the website and to the app for iOS.

I happened to catch a glimpse of a tweet that had a link to this story here, so I started reading it. I began thinking–not about the chances of the Kings winning because that would be silly for an offensively-challenged team that’s down 3-0–about the role police officers are supposed to play in curbing violence against people.

Based on the summary from Human Rights Watch (HRW), it appears as if police in Germany are having a tough time grasping the concept of deterring hate crimes. Perhaps that’s why HRW is recommending law enforcement authorities provide “better training [to police officers] to effectively identify, investigate, and prosecute racist, homophobic, and other hate violence.”

By not strongly enforcing hate crime attacks, police are tacitly sending a message that it’s okay to harm someone based on that individual’s race, sexual preference, etc. which will only increase the amount of violence. With little-to-no help and little deterrence against violence, minorities only find themselves in a perilous position.

If any country should be more cognizant with regards to these types of attacks, it should be Germany. It has had an ugly past on this issue, so the government, and most importantly the police, should be more proactive in preventing hate crimes from taking place.

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