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Police shot dead five people last year

Monday 11 February 2013

Dutch police shot dead five people last year and injured a further 19 in firearms incidents, according to public prosecution department figures.

The number of deaths is similar to previous years, but in 2011, 29 people were injured by police bullets, the department said.

Investigations have been completed into 19 of the shootings and in each case the police acted properly, the department said. The five other cases are still under investigation.

There are no exact figures showing how many times police fired their guns but it is thought be be around 200 times, Jaap Timmer, a researcher at Windesheim hbo college, told the broadcaster.

Around half of those are warning shots, and the rest were directed at vehicles.

© DutchNews.nl



 

Readers' Comments

''There are no exact figures showing how many times police fired their guns but it is thought be be around 200 times''

That's just outrageous.

By Jason | 11 February 2013 11:40 AM

I am ex British forces. We are taught to give a verbal warning first, and then only fire aimed shots if absolutely necessary (one shot one kill etc etc ).
Firing a warning shot is an irresponsible act -- how can they guarantee that the bullet is not going to injure an innocent member of the public!?
Police personnel firing warning shots should be brought up on charges of endangering public health!

By Leigh | 11 February 2013 3:33 PM

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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