JEROEN VAN DER DRIFT
CAMERAMAN
Associate Member of the Netherlands Society of Cinematographers (NSC)

Six Bullets for Cyprian
Director: Roelof Bosma
Production: Zembla

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On 7 September 2016, Cyprian Broekhuis (23), who had autism and schizophrenia, received a house call from his case workers. They were there to collect him for a compulsory admission. Four police officers were along for support. It went catastrophically awry. Two agents drew their weapons and shot the young man six times. The reason: Cyprian pulled a knife from the pocket of his trousers. He died in hospital the next day. The National Department of Criminal Investigation opened an inquiry. As a result, the Dutch Public Prosecutor did not institute proceedings against the two police officers who fired the shots. The conclusion was self-defence. The case was dismissed. For the police, the case is closed. Zembla investigates how the situation could have gotten so out of control. A reconstruction.