A police officer who was fined for racial abuse during an arrest will not be given a leadership role at the “aliens” police department after all, the Rotterdam force has decided.
There was a major outcry earlier this week after the AD revealed the officer, who yelled k**n**** when called to a dispute between neighbours, was to be a given a job at the police unit which specialises in immigration and residency rights.
The force now say the appointment would be “inappropriate”. The aim was to give the officer a second chance but “the reactions were stronger than we had expected,” local police chief Fred Westerbeke told NOS radio. “Then you have to have the guts to reverse the decision.”
The 54-year-old from Dordrecht was caught on camera using the N-word after fighting broke out when he had been called to deal with a noise dispute between locals.
“It is bizarre that this police officer has been given a job with the foreigner police,” Justin Kötter, the lawyer who represented the family the police officer had yelled at, told the AD. “Origins have an important role in dealings with the foreign police and the force should not include an officer who has expressed racist sentiments.”
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