BERLIN (AP) – A top security official in Germany vowed Thursday to fully investigate the fatal police shooting of a 16-year-old Senegalese boy that has sparked a debate about excessive force by the country’s law enforcement officers.
The interior minister of North Rhine-Westphalia state, Herbert Reul, said the killing of the teenager in the city of Dortmund on Monday “will be cleared up 100 per cent,” German news agency dpa quoted him as saying.
“But it has to be done fairly,” the minister added.
Authorities alleged the teenager, who lived in Germany as an asylum seeker, attacked officers with a knife at a youth support centre in Dortmund. Social workers at the centre had called police because they thought the boy was suicidal,