German mob attacks claim Cologne police chief’s scalp


BERLIN: The police chief of the German city of Cologne was suspended Friday for failing to stop mob violence at New Year’s Eve celebrations, as authorities said many suspects were asylum seekers. Unsettled by a record refugee influx, Germany has reacted with shock to news that women had to run a gauntlet of groping, lewd insults and thefts in an aggressive and drunken crush of around 1,000 men, described by witnesses as mostly of Arab and North African appearance. Cologne’s police chief Wolfgang Albers, 60, was suspended from active duty in order to “restore public confidence” in the police force, said Ralf Jaeger, interior minister of North Rhine-Westphalia state. Albers had come under intense pressure—both for failing to stop the attacks, and for downplaying the true extent of the chaos, which only hit national headlines four days later.



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