Two officers to stand trial

30th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

30 March 2007, AMSTERDAM- The public prosecution department in The Hague is going to take action against four officers of the Haaglanden police force. They are suspected of committing criminal offences during incidents that occurred at the Oranje festival in Pijnacker in May last year.

30 March 2007

AMSTERDAM- The public prosecution department in The Hague is going to take action against four officers of the Haaglanden police force. They are suspected of committing criminal offences during incidents that occurred at the Oranje festival in Pijnacker in May last year.

The four officers were involved in six incidents. The investigation by the national authorities shows that the officers went too far by using police dogs, striking blows with their truncheons, and smashing a car window.

The public prosecution department has suggested that two of the officers be fined; the other two officers and three civilians will have to appear before an examining magistrate. Three other cases against residents of Pijnacker have been thrown out.

The justice department is not taking any further action in regard to ten other incidents it investigated. The report shows that "in general the police force acted correctly and within its mandate for use of force."

The police intervened on the night of 6 May when disturbances broke out after the festivities. A number of citizens complained to the municipality that police had used excessive violence.

"The police were dealing with a large group of people under the influence of alcohol and drugs. The crowd was aggressive to the police and failed to follow orders," was one of the conclusions in the investigation by national authorities.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

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