Germany: Green Party Politician Resigns After Giving Hitler Salute During Her Drunk Driving Arrest
A Green party politician in the capital city of Berlin has resigned after being arrested for driving while drunk, well over the legal limit, and then giving the Hitler salute to police.
The politician, Jutta Boden, was arrested on Saturday night with a 1.34 per mille alcohol blood content while driving on the A115. A police car initially pulled her over and she was administered a test, at which point she was taken into custody.
However, she then began making the Hitler salute in the police car and yelled “Heil Hitler” twice inside the vehicle, according to German newspaper Bild.
When first confronted about the allegations, she said it was “total insinuation” and that she “didn’t feel like she was being treated correctly.” She denied making a Hitler salute but admitted to driving while drunk. She has since resigned from her position, writing in an email:
“Driving while drunk and my inappropriate and wrong reaction during a police stop were unacceptable. I would like to sincerely apologize for this misconduct. In order to take responsibility for my actions, I am resigning from my mandate as district councilor,” she wrote.
Boden has represented the Green party in the Berlin district of Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf since the end of 2019.