Enquiry into Brussels police shooting
The Brussels prosecutor’s office is investigating the fatal shooting of a man by police in the Marollen quarter of the city last weekend. The incident took place in the busy area around the Kapellekerk on Saturday afternoon.
Witnesses said the man had attempted to rob a passer-by while brandishing a 30cm knife. Police on the scene ordered him to surrender, and when he approached police, they fired a warning shot. When he continued to approach, a police officer fired, hitting the man in the chest. He died later in hospital of his injuries. The identity of the man has not been revealed.
The police union Sypol later called for the introduction of the bodycam for police patrols – a miniature camera worn by officers which records audio and video of any incident to allow investigators a clear view of what happened from the officer’s point of view. Another police union, the liberal VSOA, opposes the measure.