The Direct Action Group works to ensure that police and law enforcement throughout Switzerland recognize racial profiling as a systemic practice, and that the necessary actions are taken to end this racist practice. The group uses creative actions in court proceedings, in public places, and through political means to protest racial profiling and, if possible, to prevent it.
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Policing does not necessarily mean safety for BIPoC. For many BIPoC, police officers are a threat. Even if the police departments talk down the problem - racist police checks are an everyday occurrence in Switzerland. BIPoC are constantly subjected to personal checks, where they have to identify themselves, and are questioned and searched. Through Copwatch, we want to put pressure on the police, the judiciary and the government to stop the systemic practice of policing BIPoCs. For this, courageous witnesses and legal representatives are needed. #CopwatchCH
Every stop or personal check by the police interferes with basic and human rights that are worthy of protection. Therefore, there is also a right to assessment by a judicial authority. Depending on how, where and by which police authority the control took place and how it proceeded, there are different legal instruments against it. An important and relatively simple remedy is the so-called declaratory petition. The lawyer Magda Zihlmann has prepared a template for this, which is a good aid for all those who want to defend themselves against racist police checks.