October 28, 2020

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Ombudsman: I am not a criminal | What you say

Ombudsman: I am not a criminal | What you say

Ian is satisfied with the explanation and goes home. Once at home, something gnaws at him: the neighborhood can now see him as a criminal. You could see his broken front door and the sticker.

But they never heard from the police that he was innocent. Ian complains to the police about it.

The police are handling his complaint.

Ian is told that a neighbour had told police that the smell of hemp could have come from his house. He had two bags of hemp waste on his balcony and the police showed them too.

Aftercare

However, the police then decided to enter Ian’s house. Police admit that this is not allowed. After all, they already knew about the bags on the neighbor’s balcony. However, they feel that they have done enough “aftercare”. Because when Ian was at the police station, they informed him enough about what had happened.

Ian doesn’t believe it. He feels that the police don’t know what the impact is when they go to your house without your permission and presence. He does not experience any aftercare. It would have been so nice if the police let the neighbours know that he is innocent. He wants an apology from the police. He complains to us about it.

House law

We look at his case and can well imagine that the impact on Ian is great. We have already reminded the police of the importance of appropriate follow-up after entering the house. Especially if they can’t find anything there. After all, it is an attack on a person’s right to a home. Nothing. We are bringing this back to the public with this case.

In Ian’s case, the police should have informed the neighbors that there was no hemp in Ian’s house. We let the police know and apologise to Ian. The police have since done so. Nice!

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