Aboutaleb is ‘disgusted’ by officers who lied about police brutality against a Rotterdammer | Interior

Aboutaleb is ‘disgusted’ by officers who lied about police brutality against a Rotterdammer | Interior
Aboutaleb is ‘disgusted’ by officers who lied about police brutality against a Rotterdammer | Interior

Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb of Rotterdam is disgusted by the two officers who lied about violence in a police report. He called the case unpalatable in the city council on Thursday and said he was filled with dismay.

Aboutaleb thus responded to a court ruling on a case in which an agent headbutted a detainee in Rotterdam on June 19, 2020. The court ruled on Friday that the police had “deliberately” withheld information about the arrest.

According to the officers, the garage owner resisted his arrest, after which he was headbutted by an officer. During a case before the police judge in Rotterdam, it turned out that the police had kept video images with exculpatory evidence out of the file for a long time and that officers had recorded a false statement.

According to the police, there is no reason to assume that there is malicious intent or lying on the part of the officer. Earlier this year, the officer who handed out the headbutt was fined 250 euros for assaulting the garage owner.

Aboutaleb does not want to pillory the entire police force

The Rotterdam council also reacted to the case with dismay on Thursday. Various parties felt that confidence in the police had been damaged, but Aboutaleb disagreed. “This concerns one officer and a co-reporter who have misbehaved here. I oppose all attempts, also in this council, to pillory the entire police force.”

According to Aboutaleb, action must be taken against every bad apple. He therefore said that he agrees with the words of the police judge. He said that it is disgraceful and extremely serious how the officers have behaved. “But we have to stick to the facts.”

He therefore also wants to await the investigation of the National Criminal Investigation Department into the case and has promised to inform the council about this.

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