Berlin Politicians Call Special Meeting Over Fears Organized Arab Criminals Have Infiltrated Police Force

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The Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the Free Democratic Party (FDP) have called for a special meeting of the Berlin government over allegations that organised Arab criminal gangs have infiltrated the police force.

Members of the conservative CDU, which is headed by Chancellor Angela Merkel,  and the libertarian FDP have expressed serious concerns after hearing leaked audio from the Berlin police academy earlier this week.

The audio, which recorded an instructor at the Berlin police academy, contains information that has led many to believe relatives of organized criminals may have become police officers, Die Welt reports.

CDU spokesman Burkard Dregger said that Social Democrat (SPD) Berlin Interior Minister Andreas Geisel must take the allegations of infiltration seriously.

“We demand a special meeting of the Interior Committee on the negative developments at the Police Academy,” Dregger said.

The leaked audio also noted many problems with police recruits from migrant backgrounds, claiming that many of the recruits had severe difficulties reading and writing in German.

The unidentified instructor also said that some of the recruits had even threatened violence toward other officers and warned that they would become corrupt if put out on the streets.

The police confirmed the audio recording to be legitimate soon after the original article was published, and later even admitted that some of the police candidates had come from criminal backgrounds.

Berlin has become inundated with criminal gangs, especially organised Arab clans which have taken over large parts of the city’s drug trade in recent years. The clans have even been accused of visiting asylum homes to recruit migrants as low-level street dealers.

Migrant gangs have also turned several areas of Berlin into what some are now calling No Go Zones, like the area around the Alexanderplatz metro where police are now increasing their presence in an attempt to restore order to the troubled area.

The Kottbusser Tor metro station, known locally as “Kotti”, has also been a longstanding area for drug dealing, and last year a veteran drug dealer complained that it too had largely been taken over by migrants.

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