Cologne’s police chief is removed over his handling of incident, amid heightened debate over Chancellor Angela Merkel’s welcoming stance toward refugees
Germany said at least 22 migrants seeking asylum were among the suspects in alleged New Year’s Eve assaults in Cologne, the latest disclosure in the aftermath of a night of violence that has put new pressure on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s welcoming policy toward refugees.
The state government forced the police chief in the city of Cologne, Wolfgang Albers, to resign amid widespread criticism of how his force handled the incident. Cologne Mayor Henriette Reker said the police leadership had apparently tried to obfuscate what happened that night, leaving her trust in the city’s top police officials “significantly shaken.”
The alleged series of attacks and thefts by migrants on New Year’s Eve in the Rhineland city of one million people—with more than 170 complaints, largely for sexual assault, filed by victims with local police—has turned into one of Ms. Merkel’s biggest domestic crises as she has tried to keep Germans behind her in welcoming refugees.
Amid widespread criticism in the news media that officials were playing down the extent of the attacks and the involvement of migrants, Ms. Merkel’s government pushed back on Friday and tried to show transparency.Read the rest of the story HERE. View a related video and follow a link to a related story below:
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