Cologne police chief fired over refugee rapes of German women

Cologne police chief fired over refugee rapes of German women

Cologne’s police chief has been sent into early retirement following criticism over his handling of allegations of sex assaults and violence by migrants on New Year’s Eve.

Wolfgang Albers admitted mistakes were made in a report compiled after more than 100 New Year revellers were sexually assaulted, robbed or threatened during the city’s celebrations, mostly by migrants and asylum seekers.

Cologne police said the decision to retire Mt Albers would be formally discussed by North Rhine-Westphalia’s governing Cabinet on Tuesday, but he would not be returning to his job.

The sacking came as a women’s rights campaigner and performance artist named Milo Moire staged a naked protest over the assaults.

Ms Moire stood in front of Cologne Cathedral brandishing a placard which read: “Respect us. We are not fair game even when we are naked.”

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