Amsterdam police sack two officers
9 February 2005, AMSTERDAM — Two officers have been sacked by the Amsterdam police force in separate incidents.
9 February 2005
AMSTERDAM — Two officers have been sacked by the Amsterdam police force in separate incidents.
One of them, a trainee officer, 23, had advertised a bag thief collision course on his website as a joke.
He placed the ad on his site just weeks after a motorist crashed into and killed a suspected bag snatcher. Following an investigation, the officer was sacked "for bringing the Amsterdam police department into discredit".
The website www.klasb03.tk showed a picture of a red car with a bag thief detection system. The system would be automatically activated if a handbag is stolen from the car, the website said.
A picture of Dutch-Moroccan rapper Ali B. was also shown on the car's console. But the "joke" has since been removed and replaced with the internet home page of crime reporter Peter R de Vries.
Commotion erupted last month when a 43-year-old woman ran an alleged bag thief down in her car, crushing the 19-year-old up against a tree. The Moroccan man died at the scene and the woman is under investigation for manslaughter.
Many Moroccan residents of Amsterdam East claimed the woman killed Ali el B. (no relation to rapper Ali B.) on purpose in a race-hate crime. They held a memorial march from the scene.
Anti-racism agency LBR has since tried to pour cold water on this theory by revealing the woman was of Surinamese ancestry, rather than being native Dutch.
Meanwhile, a second Amsterdam officer was sacked following suspicions he was involved in buying illegal drugs, the police department announced.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Dutch news