Police: sorry for racial profiling on ID checks
The German police have apologised for targeting a black German for spot ID checks on the basis of his skin colour – after a judge said it was illegal to do so, contradicting an earlier court ruling. The now 26-year-old student told The Local in March he had been asked for his identification around 15 times in three years when travelling on trains between Kassel and Frankfurt. "The only thing I probably did was to look illegal,” he said.
In December 2010 he got into an argument with two federal police officers who demanded his ID but could not tell him why – so he refused to show them.
The federal police admitted they generally selected people for spot ID checks on the basis of their appearance – including skin colour, and this led to a court case at the end of February.
To the outrage of many, the Koblenz administrative court said such racial profiling was justified.
The student, who does not want to be identified, vowed to fight it, and on Monday afternoon the Koblenz administrative appeals tribunal nullified the initial ruling. (continue reading...)