Sunday, 9 March 2014 - 04:33
Cops apologize to Friesland journalist
Friesland police will apologize to two journalists, after a police officer prevented the men from doing their jobs. Tourists and residents were allowed to pass to take a look at a sea mine that was unearthed on Vlieland, but the journalists were stopped by an officer, reported Omrop Fryslân. Reporter Rispens was told he had to stop filming, but he continued to do so and filmed the officer's aggressive behavior. The officer also ordered local photographer Dirk Bruin to stop taking pictures. When Bruin too, kept going about his job, the officer hit the camera out of his hand during a small scuffle. Rispens is heard telling the officer he should look into what exactly is prohibited and that "filming on a public road is allowed." The officer responded with a threat by saying he would "destroy the camera." In a statement the North Netherlands police announce the police officer was out of line.