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6 justifications for what the Cologne Police did On louis vuitton bags pink New Year's Eve, the Cologne police specifically targeted men of North African descent for checks and searches.

Their aim was to prevent another calamity like that of last year when over a thousand women reported having been sexually assaulted, mostly by men whom they said looked North African. The new security measure was no subtle move. The police set up a blockade at the exit of the train station to prevent groups of North African looking men from going freely out on the town. It was a two door system: one of them a free passage, the other leading to an identity check. Who was sent through which entrance depended largely on their skin color. According to the German broadcaster N TV, Whoever was not, in a narrow sense, white and not accompanied by a woman, almost always had to use the louis vuitton bags 1998 door on the right, everyone else, the door on the left. In an interview with Vice, a young German named Ozan recounts how he was repeatedly controlled by Cologne police because of his brown skin. "You look North African," an officer reportedly told him. "We have to screen you." Around a thousand young men were ordered to leave the city because of their appearance and their comportment, though only around two dozen were charged with a crime. Perhaps the tactic worked, perhaps it didn't. Emboldened by the full support of the government, however, the Cologne police sent a clear message that night: Germany approves of racial profiling as a policing strategy. For the most part, the German media buttressed the Cologne police's justification. There is an alternative view, however, that racial profiling isn't necessary, even in Cologne. Here are six excuses the police have used and why they don't end the debate. 1. is a harmless abbreviation. New Year's Eve, the Cologne police tweeted from their official account that they had stopped "hundreds of Nafris" at the central train station. When Twitter users reacted in shock that a government institution would use this word, the police tried to calm them down. It's a nickname for a racialized group, and like all such terms, it is offensive. It offends, not because certain people are more sensitive than others, but because certain people are more likely to be victims of hate louis vuitton bags macy&s crimes or oppressive politics than others. The word establishes a division in language, which reinforces divisions in society. Like the most offensive epithets for Jewish people, black people, Pakistanis, etc, "Nafri" is short and cute and a portmanteau for disdain. 2. have bigger problems in Germany. first essays about this New Year's Eve in der Spiegel and in our very own DW were impatient explanations of why the debate about 'Nafris' was tedious. But the word alone was never the problem. Germany has another question to answer: Was it okay what the Cologne Police did to the people they call "Nafris"? 3. "The police only targeted criminals on New Year Eve." According to DW's Elizabeth Schumacher, Police Chief Jrgen Mathies admitted that yes, officers had specifically targeted men who appeared to be of North African extraction to undergo police checks, but said that the vast majority, there was a clear threat of criminal activity present. vast majority of checks were justified by a threat of criminal activity. What that means is that some were based simply on racial identity. 4. "We profile hooligans, too." Since New Year's, this has been a common defense of racial profiling: Hooligans are regularly controlled outside football stadiums, and no one cries foul. There are parallels with racial profiling. But with one missing link: Hooligans are identified by behavior and clothing, not skin and hair color. Why does that matter? Because screening Hooligans, Nazis, or Black Block activists does not run the risk of creating a segregated society in a way that racial profiling does. Anyone who wears a Swastika on their sleeve and burns down a refugee shelter could be considered a Nazi. A young white man, however, would never be treated as a "Nafri" no matter how he behaved on New Year's Eve. Racism has an incredible power to divide society and plague vulnerable populations, and it shouldn't be underestimated or treated as just another social category. It's true, the louis vuitton hard briefcase replica situation couldn't be more complex. What happened on New Year's Eve last year was horrifying. Multiple alleged rapes, hundreds of sexual assaults, women escaping from crowds with their clothes torn from their body and the majority of eye witnesses testified that the perpetrators had darker skin. (Via TijsB, Flikr) It's okay to admit this and still take a firm stand against racial profiling. The truth is always complex. Some Germans seem to believe that because I'm American my opinion of police has been blunted by the simplicity of American racism. Racism is certainly an enormous problem in the US, but that doesn't mean it's a simple one. Like in Cologne, minority groups are more likely to be poor, to be unemployed and lack a secure social network. And they're more likely to be convicted of crimes. In the US, 37 percent of people in prisons are black, even though black people make up only 13 percent of the population. That imbalance is partly because black people are more likely to commit certain crimes. But it is also a direct result of racial profiling. When police target people of color, they invariably make more arrests. Petty infractions can add up to serious jail time, and communities are often disrupted by a loss of good people who were simply devoured by a system that had defined them as the enemy. At a certain point, the line between crime and good citizenship simply no longer exists. Whether the "i" in "Nafri" is the first letter in "Intensivtter" or simply the last letter in "Afri", the police will no longer remember. 6. "What else should they have done?" Ren Pfister, the head of Spiegel Berlin bureau, tried present the debate about racial profiling as absurd. [the police] have, for the sake of balance, checked the IDs of a few mothers with children as well? he wrote. That funny, but it an unfair retort. Mother profiling is not as controversial as racial profiling because it does not redouble the restrictions already placed on women in public life women, in fact, receive the advantage. And it an especially insincere argument because the crime we talking about is sexual assault against women. White men, I sure the Spiegel editor is aware, don deserve a free pass on that front. Police also need to confront sexism within their own ranks if they want to prevent sexual violence. The Zeit newspaper told the story of two women on New Year's Eve 2016 who sought help after one of them was sexually assaulted: The two women went to a police officer on the edge of the plaza.

"We have other things to do," he said. "Go over to the ambulance.".

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