Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 04:31
No sentence for shooter Rishi
The officer who shot the 17-year-old Rishi Chandrikasing on the The Hague train station, Hollands Spoor, last year, needs to be acquitted of all charges, pleaded prosecutor Wouter Bos Monday before the court in The Hague.The officer rightfully fired during the attempted arrest. The officer and several colleagues responded in November last year to a report of a threat, made by an Englishman. Rishi had reportedly told the man he was carrying a firearm. The officers entered the platform with weapons drawn, and warned Rishi they would fire if he didn't show his hands. The officer that fired did so, because he felt threatened. He thought he saw Rishi pull something dark out of his pocket when he took off running. Bos considers 'manslaughter' proven, but considering the overall situation, the officer should be acquitted of the charges. There were serious indications that a suspect, who could be considered armed and dangerous, was trying to get away after a clear warning. The pose the officer took to aim at the suspect's legs was correct, even though he was walking too fast. With that being said, the decision had to be made in a split second, according to the prosecutor. The family lawyer, Michael Ruperti, thinks the demand is very disappointing, and very hard for the family to cope with. However, he expected this turn of events, because on November 27, the officer came out with a new statement, when for the first time he stated to fear for his life when he thought he saw Rishi take something out of his pocket. The family hopes the judge will view the case from a different perspective and consider that firing had not been necessary. Monday morning it was announced that 'murder' was added to the charge. Even though the prosecution saw no evidence to support that indictment, they agreed to stiffen the charge, because the family was considering turning to the court to get the heavier charge added. During the trial, Monday morning, the officer was seated in an enclosed space, because of threats he received. The officer too, is struggling with Rishi's death, and feels he's living in a nightmare, according to the officer.