German officer dismissed for racism

Instructor stripped of rank and pay after insult to "African Americans".

    The German army has dealt with a number of scandals in recent years that have damaged its image [AP]

    German television broadcasters aired the grainy 90-second video clip at the weekend.

    The instructor says in German while a recruit lying on the ground starts firing his gun: "You're in the Bronx, a black van pulls up in front of you and three African-Americans get out and start really insulting your mother ... now do something!"

     

    The soldier fires his machine gun and yells an obscenity several times in English between bursts. The instructor then tells the soldier to curse even more loudly.

     

    Scandalous

     

    In New York, Adolfo Carrion, Bronx borough president, has demanded an apology.

     

    "The German government obviously has work to do to correct something that is insidious," he said.

     

    "Clearly these folks don't know anything about African-Americans or the Bronx."

     

    The German army has had to deal with a number of embarrassing scandals in recent years that damaged its image.

     

    These include the publication of pictures of German soldiers in Afghanistan who took pictures of each other holding skulls and allegations that torture has been used during training.

     

    The investigation is likely to continue for several weeks.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    Heron Gate mass eviction: 'We never expected this in Canada'

    Hundreds face mass eviction in Canada's capital

    About 150 homes in one of Ottawa's most diverse and affordable communities are expected to be torn down in coming months

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    In 1959, a year before Nigeria's independence, a 23-year-old student helped colour the country's identity.