Germany - Police officers seen mocking Holocaust memorial site

- Shocking photos depicting two German police officers doing press-ups on a Holocaust memorial site in Germany have circulated online in the past few days, drawing public fury and an apology by the Berlin police force.

The images, first published by the German newspaper Berliner Zeitung, show two officers in uniforms performing press-ups on the stones of the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.

According to Berliner Zeitung, the photos were stills from a video apparently taken by the officers themselves on a cellphone during a holiday weekend in May when they were deployed to the area because of demonstrations.
Berlin police chief Barbara Slowik apologized for the incident on Monday and said the service would examine the incident internally.

“The colleagues’ behavior disrespects what this memorial stands for and also offends the memory of those who were murdered,” Slowik said, adding that the officers involved do not represent the values of the Berlin police force.