Police officer who shot 17-year-old youth questioned as a suspect
The police officer who shot dead an unarmed 17-year-old youth at a railway station in The Hague last weekend is being questioned as a suspect, the public prosecution department said on Friday.
The youth was shot in the neck at around 06.30 on Saturday morning after apparently being told to put up his hands. He died a short while later in hospital.
Police had drawn their weapons after receiving reports that an armed man was threatening people at Hollands Spoor station.
A full investigation into the shooting is now underway.
A spokeswoman for the public prosecution department told news agency ANP focusing on the police officer as a suspect is ‘not standard’. ‘The decision was taken by the department,’ she is quoted as saying.
Friends of the youth, Rishi Chandrikasin, are planning a demonstration in The Hague on Saturday, the Telegraaf said. He was cremated on Thursday.
Although the youth had a criminal record and was living under social work supervision, friends said he had turned his back on his past and had gone back to school.
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