Newly released police video footage of Cologne sex attacks shows a screaming woman being assaulted as police are overwhelmed by migrants.
More than 1,100 criminal complaints were filed relating to the chaos outside the main train station in Cologne on New Year’s Eve, with several hundred alleging sexual offences.
The previously unseen video sees police scuffle with a number of young men, while fireworks are being set off into the crowd, and a woman can be heard shouting ‘you mustn’t touch me, you mustn’t touch me’ in the background.
It shows police trying to control the situation, as revellers spill down into the square outside the station from the cathedral steps shortly before midnight on New Year’s Eve.
Several fireworks and bangers are set off into the crowds, and a police officer can be heard saying ‘we can’t hold this,’ The Local reports.
Local authorities have been plagued by accusations of cover ups and the city’s police force has come under fire over their inability to catch those responsible for the sex attacks.
Despite hundreds of complaints of attacks and sexual assaults by what witnesses and victims described as mostly ‘Arab or North African men’, Cologne police initially played down the events.
Cologne police even released a statement the following day describing the New Year’s celebrations as ‘exuberant, but mostly peaceful’.
Although it was later retracted, a Cologne police chief has since been made to resign over the statement as it soon became clear that the events on the steps of the cathedral had been anything but peaceful.
Police notes from the night revealed how women complained they were surrounded by men who tried to put their hands inside their tights and knickers.
One woman told police she was surrounded by 20 men ‘of North African appearance’ before they attacked her, touching her intimately against her will.
One victim said she was pinched in the crotch, while another said hands were ‘all over her breasts and buttocks’.
Thieves rifled through a woman’s handbag while others distracted her by shoving their hands underneath her clothes.
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