January 2, 2017
Cologne’s police chief has denied accusations of racial profiling after the force tweeted they had detained hundreds of North African men to prevent a repeat of last year’s mass sex attack.
The men had gathered late on Saturday near Cologne’s main train station and in the Deutz district, across the Rhine river.
Police described them as being “Nafris” – a colloquial term for North Africans – which prompted furious online criticism as it suggested the men had been arrested on the basis of their appearance alone.
Police Chief Juergen Mathies said: “I reject this negative criticism. The clear aim was to prevent similar events to previous year.”
This article was posted: Monday, January 2, 2017 at 6:25 am