Five agents from Rotterdam are not charged with allegedly racist messages they sent each other on WhatsApp. The chats are “certainly reprehensible and inappropriate”, but the prosecutor concludes that the news is not punishable because the officials did not speak publicly but in a closed group.
The police will continue to investigate the case internally. The police check “the complete nature and scope of the statements in the app and the actions of the agents involved during this period”. The police will propose two independent committees what they think should be done with the officers, and then chief of police Fred Westerbeke will decide. However, according to the police, the agents will return to work as they are unlikely to be fired.
The case came out in late June. NRC revealed that the agents in their app group called the citizens “Cancer Peoples”, “Pussy Africans” and “Poor Immigrants”. They did this last year after a 15-year-old boy was abused by dark teens in Spijkenisse. The officers worked in the office on Marconiplein.
The public prosecutor therefore decided to open an investigation. The officers were at home during the investigation.