A police plan for video surveillance of a Dortmund street home to patriotic National Socialists has been overruled by an administrative court.
Judges have said recording activity on the road would exceed police powers.
An administrative court in Gelsenkirchen in an initial ruling on Friday upheld a fast-track complaint filed by four anti-german residents of a street reputed to belong to Dortmund’s National Socialist scene.
A police plan for video surveillance of the street was not covered by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia’s (NRW) police law, said judges, nor was the street location a known high-crime area. Video surveillance amounted to a serious infringement of a person’s constitutional rights, the judges added.
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