My project is taking place in Berlin. And today I learned that the law on discrimination against the police comes into force. At first, I was delighted, and then I realized that this topic is much deeper than I thought at first glance. I decided to sort out this new law. Because, every day when I go to work, I see how some policemen allow themselves a little more than a police officer should.
Participants in mass rallies against police violence in the United States can envy Berliners - a land law against discrimination, passed in the German capital last week, puts on civil servants evidence of their innocence. And now, the Berlin police fear that they will be the target of baseless allegations of discrimination. And in other federal states, calls are already being made not to send more police to Berlin, so that they do not fall under the scope of a law unique to Germany.
In the city parliament of Berlin, a coalition of three parties rules: the Social Democrats, the Greens and the Left. Last week, this coalition voted in favor of a new anti-discrimination land law. Berlin senator for justice Dirk Barandt of the Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen Party (Greens), who initiated the bill, called it "a huge step in the fight against discrimination at the city level, with a federal significance."
The law provides for monetary compensation in the amount of 300 to 1000 euros to citizens who have been discriminated against by civil servants working in urban structures, which include the Berlin police. Discrimination must be established in a judicial proceeding. A key point of the law is the provision that, in the presence of “convincing evidence” by the injured party, civil servants must refute the charges and prove their innocence. According to critics of the law, this provision cancels the presumption of innocence, not only for law enforcement officers, but even for teachers - students of foreign origin can interpret bad grades as discrimination.My acquaintances are volunteers, I work on projects in children's organizations, and now I worry about them, they can give a bad mark, and this will be regarded as discrimination.
The law has not yet entered into force. This will happen in the next three weeks, after the official publication of the text. But now, police are increasingly faced with allegations of discrimination, even in relatively harmless situations, for example, when checking documents. There is growing concern among police that government agencies will begin to shift compensation payments for discrimination to specific employees.
The union advises the police to record absolutely all their actions, and not just standard searches and detentions in order to avoid unpredictable consequences in harmless situations, Benjamin Endro continues. He will ask, for example, a girl from a male policeman on the street how to get somewhere, he will make a mistake and show the wrong way, and in three months he will receive a lawsuit about discrimination on the basis of sex. For young people from third world countries who come to Europe on various projects, this law should have a positive effect, because in my opinion it’s impossible to stop a person at a train station at the train station and start checking his documents in the database, because he has dark skin. I saw such situations at a train station in Berlin, and several times. This is an additional guarantee for the volunteer to steep any "Cigna".