(dpa/) Prosecutors in the German city Frankfurt have opened investigations against a police officer accused of sharing far-right extremist content in chat messages, a spokeswoman for the prosecution said on Thursday.
The content the officer shared violates Germany’s law against using symbols relating to unconstitutional and banned organisations. In particular, the law bans any use of symbols connected to the Nazis.
According to a report by public broadcaster Hessischer Rundfunk, the offending content was a picture of Christmas cookies in the shape of swastikas as well as images using the Gothic-style script prominently used under the German Empire with the words “German Christmas message,” an Iron Cross and a banner with the empire’s colours black, white and red.
The police officer sent these images to colleagues in December 2016, the report said.
The investigation comes shortly after a scandal emerged about a group of police officers in Frankfurt who had distributed xenophobic and insulting pictures, videos and texts in a chat group.
Several of the officers have since been suspended, and investigations are still ongoing.(dpa/)
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