German authorities launched a nationwide campaign against online hate speech on Monday morning.
“There is no place for hatred and incitement in our society,” Rhineland-Palatinate Interior Minister Roger Levintz said of the police raids.
Following the hate speech following the killing of a police officer on January 31, 2022 in the Kozel area, Leviz set up an investigation team to combat hate speech in his state’s criminal police department.
In the first three weeks after the crime, an investigation team led by the Koblenz prosecutor’s office found more than 1,600 hate and incitement signs on the Internet related to the killing of police officers.
According to the state criminal police department, 509 of those cases were related to a felony, and Leventz plans to inform the public about the results of the investigations in the afternoon.
The trial of those accused of killing two police officers begins on Tuesday at the state court in Kaiserslautern. A 39-year-old man is suspected of killing a 29-year-old police officer and his 24-year-old colleague with several shots to cover up poaching.
The crime has caused panic in Germany, but according to the authorities, it has also led to the spread of online hate comments applauding the crime.
A 55-year-old man was indicted in connection with the Koblenz prosecutor’s office in early May, and it is said that soon after the two policemen were killed, the man called for more police killings on the Internet.
According to investigators, he is a supporter of the Citizens of the Reich movement and the ideologies of conspiracy theories.