Police chief may stand down after beach riots

13th December 2009, Comments 0 comments

Rotterdam police chief Aad Meijboom says he will resign if police officers in his corps are fired as the result of a fatal shooting at a beach party riot last summer in Hook of Holland.

Rotterdam - There has been criticism of the police chief for refusing to stand down after a damning report on the police handling of the riots at Sunset Grooves beach party in August.

In spite of police information that football hooligans planned to disrupt the party, the police were woefully ill-prepared for the event. A 19-year-old man was shot dead by police and six others injured. The Public Prosecution Office ruled that the low-ranking police officers, faced with 200 aggressive hooligans, fired out of self-defence.

A report by the Dutch Institute for Security and Crisis Management (COT) listed a catalogue of errors by the police leadership on the fatal night. Police officers at the scene have up to now been praised for the way they dealt with the volatile situation.

In January, a police report on the riots will be published. There are fears among low-ranking police officers that they will be fired.

Mr Meijboom wrote a letter to his staff telling them he was sorry for the poor preparation and lack of backup and riot police.

Radio Netherlands/Expatica


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