Mayor apologises for police 'brutality'
17 May 2006, AMSTERDAM — Mayor Rik Buddenberg has apologised to people who were caught up in the police action in Pijnacker earlier this month.
17 May 2006
AMSTERDAM — Mayor Rik Buddenberg has apologised to people who were caught up in the police action in Pijnacker earlier this month.
Buddenberg told a meeting for the victims and the police that mistakes were made when the police moved in to quell a disturbance after a party on the night of 6 and 7 May. Rapper Ali B. was among the performers in a tent at the event.
Fighting broke out when the party ended and when the police, including riot police, intervened, at least 50 partygoers threw bottles and stones at them.
The police response was uncompromising and several members of the public and four officers were injured. Sixteen people were arrested.
The authorities also received several complaints from the partygoers that the police response was heavy-handed.
Buddenberg conceded the police should not have used dog units to control the situation. He declined to say more as the police behaviour is under investigation. "I did not clearly realise the impact of the police action," the Mayor said when apologising.
He said he hoped the meeting on Tuesday would improve understanding between the public and the authorities. "We are not there yet but this is the first step to heal the rift between residents and the police and the municipality," Buddenberg said.
There are two enquiries into the events: one in relation to the police and an independent investigation into the Mayor's role.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news