National protest march: complaint against police brutality filed with Committee P
Monday, 10 November 2014
A complaint with regard to police abuse has been filed with the Standing Committee on the Supervision of the Police Services, also known as Committee P. The victim claims to have suffered police brutality during the national protest march that took place in Brussels last Thursday. No other complaint has been filed for the moment, said Committee P vice-president Guy Cumps, last Monday. According to Committee P, the plaintiff testified that he had seen someone pushed to the ground by police officers and had stepped in, only to then be himself subjected to violence.The scene took place near Porte de Hal.
Meanwhile, a man suspected of armed rebellion, of assaulting police officers resulting in their inability to work, of carrying a prohibited weapon and of possessing a weapon prohibited due to intent, was placed under arrest last Friday. He is believed to have injured 5 policemen during the incidents that occurred on the side-lines of the national demonstration. He will appear before the Council Chamber on Wednesday.
Another man suspected of injuring 4 police officers was fast-tracked into the justice system and will appear before the criminal court on December 19th.
According to the Brussels public prosecutor, several complaints from individuals have been filed, including a few for damage done to vehicles, but it is currently unclear how many. A magistrate has been appointed to centralize all the complaints.