‘I’m an American and I was racially profiled in Berlin 23 times’

Source: The Local

'I'm an American and I was racially profiled in Berlin 23 times'
American journalist Sandhya Kambhampati was stopped by police 23 times within her first nine months of living in Berlin. Now she’s investigating racial profiling in Germany – and is looking for others to share experiences.The first time 24-year-old Sandhya Kambhampati was stopped by an officer in Berlin, she had gone to a park for a morning jog after arriving in the city days before.The officer asked her what she was doing, where she lived, and for her ID. When she told him she only had her keys, he said she should always carry identification and left.At first she thought it was a one-time incident: yet another new German thing she would learn as she came to know her new home.“When I was stopped, I was so jet-lagged and tired that day that I honestly didn’t even know what was going on,” she told The Local.By the third time, Kambhampati says she knew something wasn’t right.“I thought, ‘this is annoying. Now it’s getting frustrating’,” Kambhampati says. “It wasn’t just one or two times.”

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