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PM Mark Rutte: We demand justice for Mitch Henriquez

PM Mark Rutte: We demand justice for Mitch Henriquez

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Mitch Henriquez suffocated to death under police custody and prosecutors are treating the five police officers who arrested him as suspects in his death. Together, we can build a massive call for justice!

A video shows that 42 year old Mitch Henriquez from Aruba was already unconscious when he was dragged into the police van at a music festival in the Hague, and a Dutch prosecutor says police actions most likely caused the oxygen deprivation, leading to his death. The Hague's chief prosecutor, Kitty Nooy, said a preliminary autopsy report says Mitch Henriquez's death "was extremely likely caused by a deprivation of oxygen he suffered" and that "it can be assumed that the lack of oxygen was a consequence of actions by the police." Henriquez death has sparked claims of police brutality and two nights of rioting in The Hague that have led to more than 200 arrests.

Let’s call on Prime Minister Rutte to:

  • Ensure justice, a thorough investigation, and hold the police officers accountable for any crimes they have committed.
  • Request the Public Prosecution Office to apologize to Henriquez's family and the Dutch public for initially releasing false information.
  • Compensate all the emotional damage caused during this tragedy for the entire family.
  • Conduct a review and reform the police to tackle racial profiling and discrimination against minorities.

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