Security Architectures in the EU

Tag: Thin Blue Line

  • German government coins extremist police narrative of a “thin blue line”

    German government coins extremist police narrative of a “thin blue line”

    US police officers disparage black movements since the 1960s with a “thin blue line”. The symbolism has also found its way to Germany. The Ministry of Finance is now putting it on a collector’s coin. Is it intentional or is the Ministry of Finance simply unaware of the controversy surrounding extremist narratives in the police? […]

  • “Thin Blue Line”: German police divided on extremist iconography

    “Thin Blue Line”: German police divided on extremist iconography

    An internal paper of the Bavarian Police problematises a symbol which stands for a conspiratorial community of solidarity. According to the paper, it is widespread in right-wing police circles and could violate the principle of neutrality and lead to disciplinary consequences. Not all police officers see it that way. Earlier this year I reported on […]

  • “Thin blue line”: German police trainer warns against radicalisation

    “Thin blue line”: German police trainer warns against radicalisation

    Police sometimes see themselves as the last “blue line” against chaos and crime. Various police stations also tweet about this self-image, which is popular among right-wing officers. Websites where police employees ¬†also participate sell patches, mugs and shirts with the problematic symbolism. Several German police forces published tweets about the so-called “thin blue line” over […]