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On June 4th, 2020 the city-state of Berlin, where leftist Social Democrats, Communists and Greens (the so-called red-red-green coalition) hold the majority of the seats in the local House of Representatives, approved a new anti-discrimination law to help address nonexistent systemic racism in Germany. According to article 10 of Berlin’s state constitution of June 8th 1995, all discrimination was already strictly prohibited, but not expressly an assumed discrimination by the State.

As the German capital is a madhouse ruled by far-left ideologists, it has always been very prone to adventurous political decisions like the rent tap decided on 30. January 2020, freezing rentals at 1990s levels.

Berlin now explicitly bars public authorities-including police and public schools-from discriminating based on personal background (except native Germans), skin color (all non-Whites), gender (females only), religion (not applicable to Christians), physical or mental disability (nutcases walk around freely anyway), worldview (this of course doesn´t apply to any conservatives), age (if you don’t think that some things were better in the old days), sexual identity (not including heterosexuals), a lack of German language skills (excusing those that never bothered to learn it), a chronic illness (like the urge to beg on the metro), or their income (living off the State lazybones), education (for those who never passed basic level) or (basically non-)occupation.

The new legislation goes further than the current federal General Equal Treatment Act (Allgemeines Gleichbehandlungsgesetz) of August 18th, 2006, which covers discrimination in employment and between private citizens, but didn’t apply to the areas governed by public law. However, Germany’s Basic Law (Grundgesetz) of 1949, cosigned by the occupying western Allies of World War II, from the beginning required that citizens were “protected against discrimination both by and from the State.”

The red Trinity argued that such protection was still insufficient and that the new state rules would help to close a legal gap. To-be victims will be entitled to damages and compensation and can delegate their claims to activists and associations which aren’t affected themselves. If facts that indicate the high probability of a violation are made plausible, the public body has the obligation to disprove it. Though paragraph 7 is the most problematic, as it implies a reversal of evidence by the police.

In the sick minds of local politicians the disproportionate high percentage of suspects with a “migration background” in crime statistics is only due to much vilified “racial profiling”. The police controls a certain type of persons more often just because they look different, not because they are overly represented in various illegal businesses. So if somebody whose identity has been checked feels victimized, an officer will have to prove that he didn’t check’s merely out of experience and based on prejudices.

Berlin’s state Justice Minister, Dirk Behrendt from the Green Party, said that the legislation won’t hamper normal police work, as the vast majority of police officers didn’t act in a discriminatory manner and therefore nothing would change for them. Instead, the measures would contribute to the creation of an open, solidary und multifaceted society.

Other politicians like Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) disagreed. While these are empty words from a notorious pushover, he appealed to stand with the police and called the law “sheer lunacy”. For the Minister of the Interior of Brandenburg, the state that surrounds Berlin, Michael Stübgen (CDU), it’s “indecent”:

Kai Wegner, the CDU-chairman in Berlin branded it an “anti-police-law” that was also directed against all public service workers. Judicial staff, personnel at residents’ registration offices and regulatory agencies as well as teachers might be confronted with impertinent accusations.

Germany’s police labor unions and personnel committees and the German Civil Service Association have sharply criticized the changes for months. They were met with a lack of incomprehension and seen as a deviation from current procedures that will require tons of paperwork and put undue pressure on authorities. Other German states might be unwilling to dispatch officers to Berlin to avoid complications.

During the ongoing coronavirus, this new law crisis didn’t receive the attention it deserved due to its implications. It will have a negative impact on law and order, continuing to consolidate criminal migrants’ structures and further demolishing the constitutional democracy that Germany pretends to be.

The only logical conclusion for a police agent that hasn’t lost his marbles is to stay away from drug dealers and other scoundrels which already act with complete impunity, as in the Görlitzer Park. He will instead go after old ladies like Angelika Barbe, a former civil rights activist in the GDR, who was recently removed by two officers from a demonstration against the lockdown despite having a freshly operated knee. No discrimination?

Implying that some police officers regularly give unequal treatment to a specific group is dangerous. Feeling abandoned, step by step they might turn their back on democratic politics. That’s the last thing that Berlin needs in these unruly times, as more and more people seem to think that they are above the law. Considering the helpless reactions to the most recent riots in the West, maybe they aren’t wrong after all?

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