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German police investigating allegations of repeated abuse of refugees by security guards

  • People stand togeter at the refugee camp in Burbach, Germany, Sunday Sept.28,2014.  Police are investigating accusations that guards at an asylum center in Burbach in western Germany repeatedly abused refugees physically and mentally. A police spokesman from Hagen near Burbach said Sunday that police raided the center and questioned both security guards and refugees after a local journalist received a DVD showing the abuse of an asylum seeker by guards. (AP Photo/dpa/Federico Gambarini)

    People stand togeter at the refugee camp in Burbach, Germany, Sunday Sept.28,2014. Police are investigating accusations that guards at an asylum center in Burbach in western Germany repeatedly abused refugees physically and mentally. A police spokesman from Hagen near Burbach said Sunday that police raided the center and questioned both security guards and refugees after a local journalist received a DVD showing the abuse of an asylum seeker by guards. (AP Photo/dpa/Federico Gambarini)  (The Associated Press)

  • People walk in front of the entrance of the refugee camp in Burbach, Germany, Sunday Sept.28,2014.  Police are investigating accusations that guards at an asylum center in Burbach in western Germany repeatedly abused refugees physically and mentally. A police spokesman from Hagen near Burbach said Sunday that police raided the center and questioned both security guards and refugees after a local journalist received a DVD showing the abuse of an asylum seeker by guards. (AP Photo/dpa/Federico Gambarini)

    People walk in front of the entrance of the refugee camp in Burbach, Germany, Sunday Sept.28,2014. Police are investigating accusations that guards at an asylum center in Burbach in western Germany repeatedly abused refugees physically and mentally. A police spokesman from Hagen near Burbach said Sunday that police raided the center and questioned both security guards and refugees after a local journalist received a DVD showing the abuse of an asylum seeker by guards. (AP Photo/dpa/Federico Gambarini)  (The Associated Press)

Police are investigating accusations that security guards at an asylum center in western Germany repeatedly abused refugees physically and mentally.

A police spokesman said Sunday that police raided the center in Burbach near the city of Hagen and questioned both security guards and refugees after a local journalist received a DVD showing the abuse of an asylum seeker by security guards.

Spokesman Ulrich Hanki said police also found a picture on a guard's cell phone showing a security officer pushing his foot against the neck of a handcuffed refugee lying on the floor.

Hanki said other refugees had come forward and reported further abuse and that all the guards, who belonged to a private security company, were withdrawn from the center.

Police and prosecutors are investigating possible xenophobic motives.