Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Rotterdam Police Chief Leaves after Failure in Dealing with Riots

Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb has announced that the Chief of Rotterdam Police Aad Meijboom has resigned. Meijboom had been heavily criticized after the police failed to deal properly with riots at a beach festival in August. The police knew that hooligans planned actions, but they did not take proper precautions. The hoodlums pushed the police back over the dunes. In order to protect themselves, the police were shooting continuously – mainly in the air. However, one person was killed by police as a result of the shooting.

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