Police officer cleared of violence

30th July 2009, Comments 0 comments

The Court of Appeal has acquitted a police officer convicted of using excessive force at an event in Pijnacker, South Holland, in 2006.

The court originally fined the officer EUR 750 for hitting a drunken partygoer with his truncheon at least seven times. But the Court of Appeal ruled that he had acted properly and overturned the conviction, describing his actions as reasonable and moderate.

The local council in Pijnacker received various complaints of police violence – especially that involving police dogs – following the annual Oranjefeest (Orange Festival) in May 2006. Four officers were prosecuted, of whom three have already been acquitted.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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