12-year-old stabs community police officer

A police officer has been stabbed in Peer (Limburg).  The community officer was stabbed in the back by a 12-year-old while he was directing the traffic yesterday after and in the vicinity of a school.

Local Mayor Steven Matheï explains the attack happened following an altercation: “The officer was taken to hospital for treatment”.

He is in a stable condition.

Police detained a 12-year-old schoolboy as well as his mother and his 17-year-old brother.  Forensic scientists attended the scene.  The two minors appeared before a youth magistrate today. The 12-year-old is being placed in a youth detention centre for at least 3 months.

It is understood the altercation between the policeman and the suspect's 17-year-old brother centred on the traffic situation outside the school.  The suspect's lawyer says his client stabbed the officer as he held the boy's brother in a stranglehold.

The mayor said his first thoughts were with the officer and all his colleagues: “Violence against the police is totally unacceptable.  Here it was directed against a community police officer, who is supposed to be the link between residents and the police”.

The mayor says the incident has had a massive mental impact on the police officer’s colleagues: “A debriefing on the events will take place on Friday.  A federal police stress team is on stand-by to provide support to colleagues, who wish to discuss the matter.  It’s having a mental impact on the local service and all of us.  Interior minister Verlinden called to offer support”.

Also at the nearby school pupils will receive support.

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