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Twenty-nine police officers have been suspended in Germany for sharing pictures of Adolf Hitler and doctored depictions of refugees in gas chambers on their mobile phones, officials in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) said on Wednesday.

They are also accused of using far-right chatrooms where extremist content, such as Swastikas and other Nazi symbols, that breaches the German constitution was shared.

German officers spreading Nazi propaganda 

The incident of 29 police officers being suspended is embarrassing for German police and security agencies, who have faced accusations of not doing enough to unearth potentially violent nationalists in their ranks.

Read more: German teens probed for singing anti-Semitic songs after visiting notorious Nazi death camp

It is a sensitive issue in a country where awareness of the World War II genocide of millions of Jews by the Nazis under Hitler is strong. “This is a disgrace for the NRW police,” said NRW Interior Minister Herbert Reul, announcing an investigation against 29 male and female officers.

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Some of the suspects could be charged with disseminating Nazi propaganda and hate speech and could be dismissed from the police. Others are accused of failing to report their colleagues.

Reuters with additional input by GVS News Desk

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