Three policemen from the Brussels-Capital/Ixelles zone were arrested on Sunday, having been found to be drunk in a café on Saturday evening, whilst armed and in uniform. This was indicated on Monday morning by the Police Commissioner, Christian De Coninck, in a communiqué, confirming information published in La Dernière Heure.
A spokesman for the local police stressed today (Monday), “We can confirm the arrest yesterday of members from our police zone. Currently, our team is not in possession of all of the relevant evidence. An investigation is ongoing. We are awaiting the results, but please be assured of our readiness to shed light on this case.”
He went on, “If the facts prove to be correct, which the results of the investigation should determine, all necessary steps will be taken. Indeed, we never tolerate improper behaviour within our national police force. We tolerate this even less when it jeopardises the due execution of our duties and assignments, which it behoves us to carry out both fully and responsibly.”
La Dernière Heure states that the three inspectors, taken away by police car, were found drunk in a café located on Chaussée de Louvain, in Schaerbeek.
When police on duty in the Nord zone, alerted to the incident by offended customers, arrived on the premises, one of the men tried to flee, states the daily publication. A disciplinary investigation was opened into the police trio’s actions. The policemen were taken to hospital for a series of tests to be conducted.
The Brussels Times