Cop cleared in 17-year-old's shooting
The police officer who shot and killed 17-year-old Rishi Chandrikasing at Hollands Spoor train station in The Hague last year, has been acquitted. The court decided on Monday to drop the charges of manslaughter and murder.
The officer at first faced manslaughter charges; murder charges were added in December to appease the boy’s family who had expressed fears that the officer would escape punishment.
But the Judge did not find that the policeman’s intent to kill was proven; he said the officer only used armed force because he wanted to arrest Rishi and did not intentionally ignore the associated risks.
The Judge also called the addition of murder charges so late in the case “unwarranted and unnecessarily hurtful.”