Officer on trial for shooting suspect
11 July 2005, AMSTERDAM — A police officer has gone on trial for shooting a would-be burglar dead almost four years ago.
11 July 2005
AMSTERDAM — A police officer has gone on trial for shooting a would-be burglar dead almost four years ago.
The case against S. W. has taken so long to come to court because the prosecutor initially decided not to try him in the belief the officer would not be convicted. The assumption was he acted in self-defence and therefore the use of extreme force was permissible.
But the victim's brother appealed the decision and a court ruled the prosecution should proceed.
The incident took place on 11 December 2001 when two men attempted to break into a clothes shop in Bijlmerplein in southeast Amsterdam. Two officers interrupted them and the suspects tried to flee on a moped.
The police ended the chase moments later when they used their car to push the scooter into a fence at Arenaboulevard near to the Ajax Amsterdam's football stadium.
The pillion passenger ran off and was pursued by one of the officers. The other attempted to arrest the second suspect who was lying with his leg under the scooter.
He resisted and got the officer in a headlock. The police officer broke free, drew his handgun and shot the suspect twice in the left side of his chest.
The man died of his wounds.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news