The police have so far received forty damages claims for the Alphen attack in 2011


So far, some 40 claims have been filed against the police because of the attack in a shopping center in Alphen aan den Rijn by Tristan van der Vlis in 2011. The AD reports this on the basis of information from the foundation that handles the claims.

Last year, the Supreme Court ruled that the police were liable for the damage suffered by victims and relatives of the shooting. Tristan van der Vlis shot six people and wounded sixteen others. He had a gun license, but according to the Supreme Court he should never have been allowed to because the police knew he had psychological problems.

That is why the VSSA foundation was established in April. It receives and deals with claims for damages, independently of the police and its insurance company Centraal Beheer Achmea. Secretary Derk-Jan van der Kolk tells the AD that another hundred claims are expected in the near future.

He makes no statements about the amounts of the claims that have been submitted so far. 80 percent of claims were made because of psychological harm suffered by victims as a result of the shooting.

Also watch this reconstruction of the shooting:


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