von Dominik Bardow, 8.2.2021
The police are heralding deployment of a special unit against dealers as a big success. But a citizen’s initiative says it’s ineffective and racist.
Berlin – It doesn’t take long after arriving in Görlitzer Park in Kreuzberg one evening. „Who are you looking for? An Erik? You don’t want drugs?“ asks one of the young men ignoring the rain while standing in the dark at the park entrance on Falckensteinstraße. A police van drives by, but no one cares.
Since January 2020, a 125-officer „hotspot and presence unit“ (BPE) has been patrolling „hotspots“ such as Alexanderplatz, Kottbusser Tor and Görlitzer Park. weiterlesen