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Rotterdam Mayor: Police Used Disproportionate Force During Arrest

The violence a police officer used while arresting a woman in Rotterdam last month was not proportional, Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb wrote in response to questions from the local DENK faction. The officer was allowed to use...

by Nederlands Juristen Comité voor de Mensenrechten

The violence a police officer used while arresting a woman in Rotterdam last month was not proportional, Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb wrote in response to questions from the local DENK faction. The officer was allowed to use force, but the degree of violence used crossed the line, Aboutaleb said. A video of the hard-handed arrest was widely shared on social media in June. The video shows a woman interfering with an arrest, shouting at a police officer and trying to punch him. She was pushed around and punched by police officers, before being handcuffed, while shocked onlookers shout at the officers.