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The images shared included swastikas, a fabricated picture of a refugee in a gas chamber and the shooting of a Black man, officials said.
On Monday, the authorities raided the home of a year-old soldier in connection with an investigation of a suspected far-right terrorism plot. But this summer, the government disbanded an entire company of German special forces because it was deemed to be infested with far-right extremists.
And the problem has become so serious that the authorities appear to be struggling to get a grip on it. Early Wednesday, investigators raided the homes and work stations of 14 of the 29 suspended officers in at least five towns and cities. Their senior officer was among the members of the chat groups. Reul, the interior minister, said he had long hoped that such episodes were isolated exceptions.
Several police departments in Germany have found themselves in the spotlight over far-right extremism. In the state of Hesse, investigators have traced to police computers information used in a string of death threats sent over the past two years to left-wing politicians and prominent Germans with immigrant roots.
And in Munich, the authorities identified another chat group of officers sharing anti-Semitic posts. The police discovered the chats in North-Rhine Westphalia when the private cellphone of one year-old officer was confiscated as part of a separate investigation into whether he had passed confidential information about an organized crime gang to a journalist. The first group was created as early asand the biggest dates fromwhen hundreds of thousands of migrants arrived in Germany, Mr. Reul said. The most recent post on the cellphone was sent on Aug.
Of the 29 members in the chat groups, 25 worked in precincts overseen by the same district police headquarter in the western city of Essen.
Eleven are believed to have actively shared the images, while 18 others received them and raised no alarms. Politicians and police officials reacted to the news with consternation and dismay.
Reul, the state interior minister, said he planned to set up a special inquiry for the police authority in Essen.No registration Essen chat room
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29 Officers Suspected of Sharing Hitler Images Are Suspended in Germany