A German army instructor who ordered a soldier to envision himself in New York City facing hostile blacks while firing his machine gun is still on duty, a spokesman for the army said today.
A video of the army instructor telling the soldier to shoot and yell obscenities while thinking of African-Americans aired on German national television yesterday and prompted calls for an apology in the United States.
The president of the Bronx, the New York City borough that the army instructor referred to in his directions to the soldier, demanded an apology from the German military and said the clip "indicates that bias and assumptions and racism is alive and well around the world".
However, the German army today stopped short of apologising for the video. Asked if the army regrets the incident, spokesman Florian Naggies said, "The German army takes the incident very serious (sic) and is interested in quickly resolving it."
Mr Naggies said that the case is under investigation but that the instructor "is still working for the army".