Frankfurt police authorities have decided to disband their Special Task Force (SEK) after discovering that the group’s members were spreading far-right content online.
At least 19 police officers belonging to the SEK were dismissed while one was suspended after they were caught spreading far-right messages in online chats.
“During an evaluation of the suspect’s mobile phones, several chat groups where criminal content was shared by members were identified,” Frankfurt’s senior public prosecutor, Nadja Niesen.
The investigation was made after one member of the SEK unit was suspected of child pornography last April.
German Interior Minister for the state of Hesse Peter Beuth said that the conduct of the officers made the dissolution of the unit “unavoidable.”
Beuth said that they would be restructuring the organization and called for senior police officials to foster a new leadership culture.
Frankfurt state prosecutors said police had searched six locations in Hesse, including the police headquarters