Die Voices of the Balduintreppe wurden auf Wunsch der interviewten Personen neu eingesprochen.

Vor der Davidwache sprechen Betroffene über ihre Erfahrungen mit rassistischer Polizeigewalt und machen klar, dass dazu auch die ständigen Kontrollen, nicht nur die brutalen Übergriffe gehören. Sie thematisieren die totale Rechtlosigkeit im Gefängnis, in das Schwarze Menschen schnell kommen, ob wegen weniger Gramm Marihuana oder lügender Polizisten. 

A: There was a time when the Police, the civil Police arrested ‘Lamin’ 1 , very aggressively, you
know. They were holding the man, you know, blow him on the ground. You know, these are
the kind of things that have been happening here like, when the Police they saw you…
something, it’s like they get angry. Instead for them to come and arrest you in a civilized way,
they will come like fighting and this is not ok, because I’m standing, even I sell, the Policeman
come and grab me like this. And I think he is a criminal or somebody who try to attack me. But
you come, you know, you pull your card and show it to me: „I‘m a Policeman, you are under
arrest, we saw you dealing“, yeah, no problem, then we can do whatever. But they will come in
group, with bicycles, like they come and fight you physically. Even they have control over you,
Name has been changed.
2put the cuff on you, they will still knocking your head on the ground, put their knees on top of
your head, and they go to court and they will say: „He fights the police.” […] They send
somebody to prison here for nine months for this. The police, they accused him for fighting,
and he doesn’t fight them. The police, they fight him. […] They be lying. […] [A]nd they go
and change the narrative, you know, to accuse the guy, because he doesn‘t have any other
power, there is no one to defend him, no witness, and they will provide their own witnesses.
You know, so, these are the kind of violent attacks we have been facing here, you know.
B: […] [M]any people […] may think that what the cops say is always right or the cops are
working for the better of the country, they are securing the country. Although we never hate the
cops if they do the right job but we see ourselves sometimes discriminated, humiliated, no even
respect word from the cops, we never expect that. We expect that the cops will come with the
rule of law […] They have to approach us with respect. […] They will even keep you away
from the street with no reason. They will say: “You are illegal. You don’t have document. You
are illegal.” But who order you to arrest the illegal people? You have no order from your boss
that to arrest the illegal people. You are sent here to just come and monitor whether people are
making drug dealing or something like that or crimes, different crimes but when you came that
because you see somebody you don’t like his face, it’s too Black, you have a sentiment. You
say: “Well, I have to control him.” Ya. I don’t really appreciate in that way. Yes, because many
work in the street. You don’t know who are they and which condition they are. You cannot
always see them in the street and say: “Well, I have to take them away. I have to search them.
I have to…” That’s out of human. That’s out of human. We are humans. We see lot of time, lot
of time we see no white people has been stopped in the street and asked for document just for
control without no doing any reaction, but Black person can be walking on the street without
no reaction, no nothing, you can be stopped and controlled. What is that? We think that in
Germany there is the best democracy and the rule of law, but why should we come here and
still depressed. And it will be very hard for people to understand but it can be understood also
when you are willing to understand. […]
A: So, the police they might be tagging us as criminals, sending people to prison for just a gram
of Marihuana, even half gram of Marihuana. Sometimes they send some people to prison while
they don’t do anything, just accusation because we are Black. Not all these police recognize us.
[…] They come in the garden and accuse somebody. You don’t have any right. You don’t have
any power. You go to court. They will bring three other polices to witness it. You don’t have
any one to stand for you. This is really stressful. People go to jail here for other people’s
problem. You sleep in the prison for a crime that you didn’t commit. It can, it can traumatize
you. It can make you depressed. So, this is it. This is the life we are facing, you know.
Sometimes you go to prison without doing anything. They just accuse you or saw you selling
while you don’t even sell. I have an example: I was sent to prison last April for somebody’s
problem because we wear the same jacket. I came in St. Pauli less than three minutes and the
police said they saw me selling. I said: “Selling for where?” They said: “Because you sell on
the top of the stairs.” I said: “I am just coming.” They said: “You sell.” I said: “I did not sell. I
was not the one who sell.” And they keep me in the prison. […]
B: […] The mass here, they will humiliate you in the street, and in the prison it gets worse.
Prison, it‘s not like…. something. Prison can be easy for you when you are very patient. And
3people are not equal in patience. Some people kill themselves in prison, I see that, just because
they have to stay for five years. They kill themselves. Because once when you are there, you
don‘t own your key, somebody has to open the door for you. If you are sick, you have to call
for somebody, and if he is cruel, he can refuse you. You feel all humiliation there, no respect
for you, no dignity for you. You should go there for a reason, not for looking for your survival,
or looking for food, and then you have been taken there for unjust. I don‘t think it should never
happen in anywhere.
B: […] [I]n prison you can die. I have an abscess in prison, very big abscess on my private part.
And I asked a request, Antrag, to the doctor. […] After three days when the doctor calls me. He
said to me: “Well, you have written an Antrag to see a Doctor. What’s the matter?” I said: “Well,
I write you three days ago and today is the day you are calling me?” He said to me: “No, I just
heard your Antrag just today.” And I saw it on the Antrag. The day that I write, they scratch my
date and put a new date on the other side of the Antrag. I said to the doctor: “But you can see
that this is not my […] handwriting. You can see that. And this is the day that I write it. You
see they scratched it. It was the same Antrag, but they scratched my date.” And he said to me:
“What was the matter then?” I show him my injurie. He said: “This should be emergency.” And
he said to me: “Do you need any help again?” I said: “No. I don’t need any help.” I was very
upset. I was very, very angry. But I can’t do nothing. I can’t do nothing… […] [Pause] […] We
have passed through that, through the desert and the Mediterranean Sea. So, anything that we
see is injustice or is very hard […]. We are used to it, but it should not be normal for anybody
to be used to that kind of life. Changes must be done. We didn’t expect that. I get very hot when
I used to talk something like this. Because I have experienced so many things like that. I am
always patient and hopeful because I know that the hope is better than the last bread. But we
should be considered. We should be considered, this is unjust. We can do something better.
And we are not your enemies. We are not the enemies of the cops or the state or any individual
person. We are also humans. We deserve better.