National authorities investigate Ondiep
19 March 2007, AMSTERDAM – The National Police Internal Investigations Department is taking over the investigation into the public violence on 11 March in the Utrecht neighbourhood of Ondiep.
19 March 2007
AMSTERDAM – The National Police Internal Investigations Department is taking over the investigation into the public violence on 11 March in the Utrecht neighbourhood of Ondiep.
The public prosecution department (OM) announced this on Monday. The OM has decided this "in order to guarantee the objectivity" of the investigation.
Police responded to the report of violence in the neighbourhood. In the incident that followed a police officer shot a 54-year-old neighbourhood resident, who died of his injuries on the site.
The Internal Investigations Department is being assisted in the investigation by detectives of the Amsterdam-Amstelland police force.
It is still not clear what happened in the moments before the shooting. The officer claims to have felt threatened by the 54-year-old holding a knife. Rumours abound in the neighbourhood. A banner held by family members of the victim during the silent procession in his honour last week read "senseless violence, five-metre range, why?" referring to the close range at which the victim was purportedly shot.
The OM does not want to make any other announcements about the events surrounding the shooting until the investigation has been completed.
It has said however that the text of the banner carried during the march was "an explicit attempt to dictate an interpretation of facts that have not yet been established."
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news