Pressure is growing on the Cologne police chief Wolfgang Albers. According to investigations by the "Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger" [local Cologne newspaper] early on in New Year's Eve, the Cologne police management was clear that many of the 100 young men, some committing crimes, in front of the central railway station, were not only "opportunistic trick thieves" but men from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, who only arrived in Germany recently. As of today the authorities still do not want to confirm that, speaking generally of "North Africans" and "Men from the Arab area". Trade unionists consider it possible that "political reasons" are the motivation for this public reserve.
... According to information available to the "Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger", even in the first police-internal after-action report early on New Year's day, the so-called WE report ("Wichtiges Ereignis" [Significant Incident]), the responsible service group leader is said to have deliberately concealed the background of the men who were questioned - although the operational leader responsible for the New Year's Eve deployment, among others, insisted on mentioning their background in the document. But with the verbatim justification that it was "politically delicate", the service group leader declined to include it.Source