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Police misled public on Cologne NYE operations
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Police misled public on Cologne NYE operations

DPA/The Local · 17 Mar 2016, 08:45

Published: 17 Mar 2016 08:45 GMT+01:00

After news broke that women had been sexually assaulted and robbed on a mass scale at Cologne train station on New Year’s Eve, police originally claimed that 140 officers were present at the scene in attempt to re-establish order.

But the Kölner Express has now seen figures which show that the real number was in fact 80.

A police spokesperson told the Express that the reason for the falsely published number was “mistaken information during the initial phase of police reporting.”

“All the manpower of the riot police were brought to the scene, but not all police officers that were put on duty that evening,” the spokesperson explained.

The Express concludes that that means only 80 officers were sent to the station and that this number was reduced after midnight as officers were sent to deal with incidents in other parts of the city - despite the fact that later complaints show attacks at the station continued throughout the night.

The police didn’t want to go into more detail about the operation “due to the pending investigations into the actions of on-duty police officers as well as the ex-police chief Wolfgang Albers,” the spokesperson added.

Albers lost his job shortly after the mass assaults in and around the train station which led to over 1,000 complaints being made to police in the coming weeks.

Initial police reports claimed that the night had passed without trouble and only after women talked of their experiences on social media did the police begin to concede the true scale of events.

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Because the perpetrators were largely described as being of North African appearance, some have accused the police of excessive political correctness in not initially reporting the incidents.

Other commentators have however suggested that they were attempting to cover up for a bungled operation that underestimated the likelihood of trouble.

Cologne police again made negative headlines on Wednesday, when parents of pupils at a high school in the city accused them of being slow to react when over 100 students from other schools attacked them, some using fireworks and glass bottles as weapons.

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