Apparently, The Police Are Going Dutch

A Covid-19 protest took hold in Rotterdam, when hundreds of people took to the streets to protest the Dutch’s draconian lockdowns. During the uprising, the Rotterdam police decided to fire warning shots… as well as some not-so-warning shots.

This story is from CNN, so they get no linkage.

At least two people were wounded after police in the Dutch city of Rotterdam fired warning shots during a protest over Covid-19 measures on Friday, the first of a handful of anti-lockdown protests planned across Europe this weekend.

Maybe it’s me, but I thought warning shots were supposed to be warnings, not direct shots at people.

Rotterdam Police said the demonstration on Coolsingel, one of the main streets in the center of the city, “resulted in riots.” They said numerous fires were started, fireworks were let off and officers were forced to use warning shots to disperse crowds.

“We fired warning shots and there were also direct shots fired because the situation was life-threatening,” police spokesperson Patricia Wessels told Reuters.
“We know that at least two people were wounded, probably as a result of the warning shots, but we need to investigate the exact causes further,” she said.

Look, I’m all for protests, but when the protesters start getting violent, all bets are off. That said, firing warning shots is one thing, but firing direct shots? The officers better have air-tight justification for firing at the rioters.


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