According to Dries Verheul, it is because of lack of performance by the water police that a man drowned at Houthavens in IJ on Saturday, Het Parool reports. Verheul and approximately 18 rescuers saw how the man drowned.
It is a Thursday afternoon in March 2012. Herman just drove back from work when he noticed three large, nondescript vans near his driveway. Police officers were surrounding the 44-year-old’s home, and handfuls of curious neighbors were standing on the other side of the street.