Seriously? Police in one German city said to be looking the other way while refugees shoplift

Seriously? Police in one German city said to be looking the other way while refugees shoplift
Credit: Reuters/Stefanie Loos

Houston, they have a problem.

In dealing with the 10 million refugees from Syria and other Middle Eastern countries that have sought asylum in Germany, lifelong residents are finding it next to impossible to cope with some of the intrusions.

The cities of Cologne and Bonn, which host their annual carnivals next week, have handed out leaflets to refugees reminding them that raping women and urinating in public are violations of German law.

Reports out of the city of Kiel, meantime, suggest that police have collectively stopped pursuing cases where refugees were caught shoplifting because it was too much work to get them prosecuted.

Local newspaper Kieler Nachrichten reported Thursday that police officers in the city were instructed not to pursue minor offenses such as shoplifting and property damage. Prosecuting the refugees is hard in cases where they don’t carry proper identification documents.

Police documents state a threshold was established where “serious cases of theft and personal injury” should be treated equally, regardless of the perpetrator’s origin. The decision was made in October after several shoplifting cases turned out to be dead ends.

Kiel’s Police Chief Thomas Bauchrowitz denied the allegations at a press conference Thursday. He said “a criminal complaint was filed in every case.”

Police departments around the country have been under fire for covering up crimes after the sexual assault scandal in Cologne on New Year’s Eve was exposed. Officers are scared that the truth will come across as “politically awkward” and benefit the anti-immigration movement.

This report, by Jacob Bojesson, was cross-posted by arrangement with the Daily Caller News Foundation.

LU Staff

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