Two things about Dutch police

The officer who shot an unarmed 17 year old on a train station, who was suspected of having made a threatening remark to someone on that station, a remark in which the boy was thought to have said he had a gun, walks free, the Judge declared that according to him there was more than enough cause to shoot, which in itself is not a good thing. (The judge said the boy was “vuurwapengevaarlijk” which normally constitutes only those who have fired upon the police and are known to be willing to shoot). The cop shot him while both were running, and hit the boy in the neck from behind. They then waited quite some time to call in the paramedics. The boy only had a mobile phone in his pocket.

The cop was known to be inexperienced and trigger happy. There had been several incidents before. Also, they did not assess the situation in the sense that they first clearly should have looked into which parts of the report were actually true, but they acted without question and believed without question the report made by a guy who was in an argument with the boy earlier that evening. (Always a difficult call if you ask me).

So basically, if you want someone you do not like to be shot, just call the cops and say the person has a gun and has threatened you.

Then another cop on Television, when asked why the Dutch Police were against using body camera’s during work, said plainly that such a cam could be used against the Police in a court of law.

There are some things quite wrong with the way the Police are conducting their business in my country. This is partly due to continuing budget cuts on the force itself which translate to a lessening educational level at the Academy. Also, the policy of attracting new cops is such that those who come from the lowest levels of the Dutch school system are welcomed into the ranks of the Police. That in itself would not be a bad thing, but combined with the faulty education at the academy, especially when it comes to situational awareness and firearms use poses a threat in itself. What could also be the case is that attracting new cops and soldiers from the lowest tiers of education is done on purpose, because they are less likely to question (immoral) orders.

Furthermore, in my country you are, partly due to the press, not a suspect anymore but the culprit, even before you are tried in a court of law.

So accusations run rampant, and innocent until proven guilty in a court of law does not apply anymore.

4 gedachten over “Two things about Dutch police”

  1. This is a good start for our Krapuul International project. However it is just a start. We need a person who can blog, in the English language, at least one post per day. A post can be 2 sentences (news) or 400 words (blog). Posts may also be translations from the NL site.

    Topics can be the standard krapuul stuff, such as fascism, corrupt politicians, racism, in the Netherlands or in Europe, or anywhere else.

    As soon as we find this person, we will implement an English, and will no longer point to as it does now.

    When we have this English other authors, such as myself, will also post on the international site.

  2. Yes but we need the different languages on different sites for a couple of reasons. So at the moment English stuff on the NL site is okay but in the future we need 2 sites.

  3. Your business is your business.

    Mijne is het naleven van de mensen rechten (Human Rights) in Nederland ter sprake te stellen.
    Inclusief de geïnstitutionaliseerde Xenofobie, Racisme, Discriminatie.

    Ten tweede de schijn van democratie telkens weer te bespreken daar waar eigenlijk sprake is van een totalitaire neoliberale corporatieve systeem dat men met gebruik van gesmeerde PR-lieden probeert als democratie te verkopen.

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