In an interview by the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger from 2016-12-29, the journalist/feminist Alice Schwarzer said (in German):

Dass vor 20 Jahren 70 bis 80 Prozent aller Vergewaltigungen in Köln von Türken begangen wurden, war der Polizei wohlbekannt.

My translation:

It was well-known by the police that, 20 years ago, 70–80% of all rapes in Cologne were committed by Turkish people.

Let’s leave aside if it was well-known by the police, and let’s assume that "20 years ago" is a ballpark estimate (so maybe a year between 1993 and 1999, or whatever seems sensible), is it true?

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    Schwarzer made a similar claim in 2003 on her website (aliceschwarzer.de, archived version). Back then her source wasn't "the police", but one specific - but unnamed - policeman. Neither her nor any of the right-wing websites citing this figure seem to have bothered to actually look up the statistics or verify this with the police department in the last 20 years. I wasn't able to find any official source using this figure. – tim Jan 1 '17 at 11:09
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    I doubt that any available data can confirm or reject the claim. A significant part of the residents of Turkish origin are German citizens and therefore not counted as foreigners in the public crime statistics. – Tor-Einar Jarnbjo Jan 3 '17 at 22:31
  • @Tor-EinarJarnbjo: They weren't German 20 years ago. – Martin Schröder Jan 6 '17 at 17:30
  • Alice Schwarzer is not a reliable source. – Martin Schröder Jan 6 '17 at 17:31
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    @MartinSchröder which is why this question is being asked. If she were a reliable source, we probably wouldn't have this question. – Andrew Grimm Apr 1 '17 at 4:16

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