Policeman suspended for assaulting Moroccans
25 October 2004 , AMSTERDAM — A Dutch court has suspended a policeman from his job for three years for pushing two Moroccans off their scooter last year. One of the two was seriously injured in the incident which sparked a riot.
25 October 2004
AMSTERDAM — A Dutch court has suspended a policeman from his job for three years for pushing two Moroccans off their scooter last year. One of the two was seriously injured in the incident which sparked a riot.
Den Bosch court also imposed a 120-hour work on the officer who admitted writing up a false report about the incident.
The court convicted the 41-year-old man, J. den O., of grievous assault and perjury. The sentence was higher than the public prosecutor's demand because the court ruled that more stringent demands of good conduct could be expected of a police officer compared with normal citizens.
The police officer previously made headlines for shooting and killing a fervent Den Bosch soccer fan Pierre Bouleij in December 2000. Riots broke out in the city after the man's death.
Den O. was cleared at the time of any wrongdoing after justice officials accepted he had acted in self-defence.
The incident with the two young Moroccan men took place in Graafsewijk, the same suburb in which Bouleij was shot, Dutch public news service NOS reported on Monday.
The officer wanted to detain the two for a traffic inspection in November 2003. When they tried to ride away, Den O. ran after them and pushed them off their scooter. One of the two suffered what is expected to be permanent damage to his knee.
The incident sparked riots in the suburb for a second time as some locals claimed Den O. is a racist.
Den O. claimed when writing out a ticket for the traffic violation that the two men nearly ran him over before falling off the moped because its tyres hit the curb.
But both the two victims and a witness contradicted the officer's claims and Den O. later changed his statement, claiming that he tried to grab onto the two youths, after which they fell.
Den O. claimed he wrote out a false report under pressure from colleagues. The court was particularly critical of this and stated he had damaged the credibility of the police.
A senior police officer appeared in court last week accused of being an accomplice to or encouraging forgery of the report. He was acquitted of the charges.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Dutch news