Police in Cologne have had to defend themselves against stinging criticism for the second New Year in a row. This time for being too racially insensitive.

It took days for the truth about sexual assaults on New Year in Cologne to emerge last year, after Cologne police first issued a police report saying that the night had passed peacefully.

When it later became clear that over 1,000 women had been sexually assaulted, robbed or both, reportedly by men of North African origin, police were accused of silencing the crimes in order to prevent a public debate on the government's refugee policies.

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