Outrage over bag-thief collision course

9th February 2005, Comments 0 comments

9 February 2005, AMSTERDAM — Just weeks after a motorist killed a suspected bag snatcher, an investigation is under way in Amsterdam into a police academy student who allegedly placed an advert on his personal website for a training course on crashing into bag thieves.

9 February 2005

AMSTERDAM — Just weeks after a motorist killed a suspected bag snatcher, an investigation is under way in Amsterdam into a police academy student who allegedly placed an advert on his personal website for a training course on crashing into bag thieves.

The trainee officer is being questioned about the matter and police are expected to take "appropriate measures" later this week, newspaper De Telegraaf reported on Wednesday.

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.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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