235 complaints about police corona interventions

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Committee P, which oversees police forces, has received 235 complaints since March 18, when the corona measures came into effect, from citizens who feel they have been treated unfairly by the police in enforcing corona rules. That writes The time Thursday.


According to spokeswoman Nancy Van Barel, the complaints are diverse. “Our analysts see different categories. Some people dispute the findings of the police. So that is about citizens who are displeased that they were fined for violating a corona measure. ”

For example, it became known two weeks ago that a urologist had filed a complaint with Committee P against the Dilbeek police. That was about an official report dated April 27 about a non-essential displacement. According to the doctor, he took a patient complaining of testicular pain to the hospital. The urologist disputed that the displacement was non-essential. The patient was in the backseat when the police stopped the car, but the explanation was implausible.

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There are other types of complaints. “It could be a lack of measures that the police would have taken,” says Van Barel. “That is, for example, about not wearing a mouth mask and gloves, not using disinfectants, not respecting social distancing …”

Complaints have also been lodged with Committee P about entering the city, whereby the police can enter a private home on their own to identify infringements of the corona measures. During the lockdown, this was a means to stop parties and gatherings. Committee P has received at least eight complaints about this. In three cases, the complainant asked questions about the legal consequences of the procedure for entering the home.

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“I was not aware of complaints about the actions of the police,” said Nico Paelinck, the chairman of the Standing Committee of the local police. “But 235 complaints are not too bad when you know that more than 119,000 infringements have been established and that 80 percent of the complaints to Committee P usually turn out to be unjustified.”

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