Mayors of municipalities in the Den Haag region released a joint statement in which they "strongly" reject the idea that there is a culture of discrimination within the police unit Den Haag that the leadership in the unit is ignoring. With this statement the mayors of Delft, Leiden, Zoetermeer, Rijswijk and Leidschendam-Voorburg, among others, respond to complaints from civil society organizations, a whistleblower and political parties about racism and discrimination within the police, NOS reports.
The Rijksrecherche, the department that handles internal investigations at government services like the police, is investigating the death of a 42-year-old man from Leeuwarden who died after the police intervened in a fight in a mental health institution on Wednesday, NOS reports.
The police responded to the GGZ clinic on Borniastraat in Leeuwarden on Wednesday evening. Patients were fighting with each other and a fire had broken out. Clinic staff called the police to help with a patient who was resisting their attempts to calm him down, according to the broadcaster.
The Public Prosecution Service must conduct further investigation into the way in which Michael P. was arrested in the Anne Faber case on 9 October 2017, the court in Amsterdam ruled on Wednesday. The Public Prosecutor previously determined that the officers that arrested P. will not be prosecuted for a soldier injury he sustained during his arrest. P.'s lawyer filed a lawsuit demanding further investigation, NU.nl reports.
One of two police officers involved in the fatal arrest of Mitch Henriquez was sentenced on appeal to a six-month long suspended prison sentence. The other police officer was acquitted by the court of The Hague on Wednesday, AD reports.
An arrest on Kanaalstraat in Utrecht on Tuesday afternoon ended in a scuffle between the police and bystanders. A total of four people were arrested. According to the police, the scuffle broke out when bystanders interfered with the arrest. Multiple people posted videos of the incident on social media, many claiming that bystanders interfered with the arrest due to "excessive violence" used by the police, AD reports.
On Monday the Public Prosecutor demanded 6 months in prison against two police officers who the Prosecutor believes payed a culpable role in the arrest of Mitch Henriquez, and his subsequent death. The Prosecutor also wants the two officers to be suspended from the police force for two years, NU.nl reports.
The two police officers convicted of involvement in the death in custody of Mitch Henriquez are still facing threats, their lawyer said during the first hearing on the appeal in this case. Because of these threats, the lawyer wants the officers to remain anonymous, while Henriquez's family wants their identity to be made known, Omroep West reports.
The violence a police officer used while arresting a woman on Stadhuisplein in Rotterdam last month was not proportional, Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb wrote in response to questions from the local DENK faction. The officer was allowed to use force, but the degree of violence used crossed a line, according to the mayor, NOS reports.
A video that surfaced online showing the arrest of a woman on Stahduisplein in Rotterdam early this month, resulted in accusations of police brutality on social media. The police point out that such videos often don't give any context - they don't show what happened beforehand, NOS reports.
The video shows a 25-year-old woman being pushed around and punched by police officers, before being handcuffed, while shocked onlookers shout at the officers.
The police broke up a student protest at the University of Amsterdam on Friday night. According to the students, the police used batons, pepper spray and police dogs on them and several students sustained injuries. GroenLinks parliamentarian Zihni Ozdil wants an explanation from Education Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven, Het Parool reports.
In 2017 the Dutch police had fewer incidents in which a police officer used violence during the course of his or her duties than in the year before. Last year cops in the Netherlands used violence 12,394 times, compared to 14,672 in 2016, the National Police announced on Monday.
These uses of violence include all forms of violence the police can use if a situation demands it, such as firing a warning shot or directly at a suspect, pepper spray, baton, or physical violence.
A protest against police brutality is being planned Den Haag on February 19th, following the death of 39-year-old Paul Selier after being arrested in Waddinxveen on Friday morning. Singer John Medley submitted a request to protest to the municipality of Den Haag, Omroep West reports. The municipality still has to approve it.
The Rijksrecherche is investigating the death of a 39-year-old man in Waddinxveen on Friday morning in an incident in which the police were involved, the Public Prosecutor announced. What happened, is not clear.
Two police officers convicted for the fatal arrest of Mitch Henriquez in June 2015 will appeal against the sentence of their trial, AD reports.
Last month the officers were given a conditionally suspended prison sentence of 6 months, with one year probation. The judge ruled that the two officers were guilty of assault resulting in the death of Henriquez.
The police launched an investigation into the arrests of three school pupils in Tilburg on Wednesday after a video surfaced on social media showing a police officer kicking the legs out from under a 14-year-old boy.
Three boys, age 14, 15 and 16, were arrested at the Tilburg VMBO school Campus 013, NOS reports. This happened during a fight, which around 100 other pupils gathered to watch.
The police of Amsterdam admitted to wrongly detaining a young man last week Monday, and using "unlawful violence". On Thursday the police will apologize to the victim, Ammar Nayare, in the presence of his lawyer, a police spokesperson reported.
Nayare told on Facebook that he was running to catch a train in Amsterdam Central Station. The police mistook him for a robber and grabbed him by his collar. Even after identifying himself, he got punched in the stomach and pulled to the ground, injuring his face.
Stiven Sinisterra from Apeldoorn was violently arrested by police officers wearing civilian clothing in his hometown on Monday, only to be released a short time later when the police realized they got the wrong man, he told De Stentor. The experience left the 17-year-old with a concussion, a bruised knee and a head wound.
The court in Arnhem ordered the judiciary to do another investigation into a police officer hitting a woman on the head with a baton during riots in Geldermalsen in 2015. The judiciary dropped the case, but that investigation was incomplete, the court ruled on Friday, ANP reports.
On Thursday the court in The Hague ordered a new investigation into the cause of Mitch Henriquez' death in police custody in 2015. The two current reports on how the 42-year-old Aruban man died in 2015 are so different that the court feels a third opinion is necessary, RTL Nieuws reports.
Three of five police officers involved in an arrest which ended with the death of 42-year-old Aruban man Mitch Henriquez in 2015, will not be prosecuted, the court in The Hague ruled on Thursday. Lawyers representing Henriquez' family filed an Article 12 procedure to try and force judiciary to prosecute all five cops, AD reports.
Relatives of Mitch Henriquez are very unhappy about a new report by a forensic doctor on behalf of two police officers being prosecuted for Henriquez death. The report, published on Monday, states that Henriquez very likely died from cardiac arrest, and not due to a chokehold used on him during his arrest.
A Dutch-Turkish protest planned in Rotterdam on Friday afternoon is canceled, the organizers announced on Facebook. They can't guarantee the safety of the participants and therefore feel it's better not to go through with it, AD reports.
The protest, "Solidarity for Turks", was to advocate for freedom of expression for Dutch-Turks in the Netherlands and against police violence during previous protests at the Turkish consulate this past weekend. Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb gave permission for the protesters to march from Central Station to Schouwburgplein between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Turkey is demanding action against the Dutch police for using disproportionate violence against "peaceful Turkish protesters" in Rotterdam on Saturday night, sources from the Turkish Foreign Ministry said to Reuters.