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Racial profiling: Germany debating police methods

Racial profiling is banned in Germany, yet people of color say they're arbitrarily stopped by police every day, describing it as public humiliation. There's a heated debate whether a probe into police methods is needed.

Outrage has swelled in Germany over Interior Minister Horst Seehofer's decision to block any plans for a study into racial profiling in the police force. He said that the practice is already banned, it is unlikely to be happening at a large scale.

The term "racial profiling" refers to the targeting of ethnic minorities by police officers, who conduct stop-and-search checks based on skin color.

Anti-racism campaigners, who have been talking about the issue for years, if not decades, were quick to insist that a study is long overdue. ...

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