Police want higher penalties

Amsterdam police have asked the courts for increased powers to handle troublemakers in the suburb of Slotervaart.

‘If we arrest youths and they are back on the street again in a couple of days, it makes it very hard to deal with them,’ commissioner Hans Schönfeld told the AD on Friday.
Another car was set on fire in the neighbourhood on Thursday night, news agency ANP reported. There have been disturbances in Slotervaart since Sunday when police shot dead a man who had attacked two officers with a knife.

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