Marcouch calls for police crack down
17 October 2007, AMSTERDAM - Chairman Ahmed Marcouch of the Amsterdam district Slotervaart has called on the police to crack down on problem youths. "I have urged them to be tougher on a group that terrorises the streets and couldn’t care less. "
17 October 2007
AMSTERDAM - Chairman Ahmed Marcouch of the Amsterdam district Slotervaart has called on the police to crack down on problem youths. "I have urged them to be tougher on a group that terrorises the streets and couldn’t care less. "
Marcouch has asked for tougher measures after the disturbances during the past few days in the district. A number of Moroccan boys set fire to several cars, threw stones at a van from a TV broadcasting company and smashed the windows of the police station on the August Allebéplein. Up until now the police have not detained anybody.
The disturbances began after the death of the 22-year-old Bilal.B. A police officer shot and killed the man at the police station on Sunday, after she and her colleague had been stabbed.
"This in no criticism but an encouragement, " Marcouch said. "I have a lot of respect and appreciation for the way the police have reacted to the two dramas of last week. " In addition to the incident at the police station, Marcouch pointed at the stabbing at the Technical College, whereby a 16-year-old boy was killed.
The Amsterdam branch of the police union ACP also says that it is high time for a crack down. "The current policy is not effective. We need to change tack, " said chairman Cees van der Roer, who works himself at August Allebéplein.
Van der Roer feels that Mayor of Amsterdam, Job Cohen has not yet given the police enough powers. "The pressure and frustration among colleagues are running high. Drinking tea alone does not solve anything. If not even the imams and the parents can get a grip on those guys, we might have to take more radical steps. "
A spokesperson for the police force Amsterdam-Amstelland said in a reaction that the force does not shirk from cracking down if need be. “Don’t get me wrong we are then going to be very tough,” the spokesperson said.
He believes that the police were initially focussed on preventing disturbances by making use of social workers and neighbourhood fathers. A small group unexpectedly caused havoc.
"You cannot entirely prevent that something will happen somewhere. But we know in which group we need to look for the perpetrators. If we can get them, we will. "
[Copyright Expatica News +ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news