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Unions take up fight for lewd cop blogger

Unions take up fight for lewd cop blogger

Published: 06 Jul 2010 11:47 GMT+02:00
Updated: 06 Jul 2010 11:47 GMT+02:00

The Swedish Police Union (Polisförbundet) has objected to the sacking of a Skåne police officer who in his blog revealed that he and a colleague secretly dabbed the tips of their sex organs against parts of a car driven by female co-workers.

The National Police Agency's (Rikspolisstyrelsen - RPS) staff disciplinary board decided in June to dismiss the man with immediate effect after establishing that the officer was indeed behind the indecent blog posts which constituted a serious breach of discipline and were deemed to damage the reputation of the police force.

But the police unions have now reacted to what they argue constitutes a case of unfair dismissal and have submitted an application to The Swedish Agency for Government Employers (Arbetsgivarverket) to have the decision overturned.

"We demand that the decision is overturned. The Police Union does not consider there to be factual grounds for dismissal. We demand general and economic compensation," the union wrote in its application on behalf of the officer.

Writing a blog under the pseudonym Farbror Blå (Uncle Blue), the officer revealed that he and his cop buddy "bell-ended"* the door handles, window buttons, gear stick, steering wheel, stereo buttons and the police radio buttons, as well as the receiver used to talk to the operations room".

The practice of bell-ending, or ollning, involves a man touching an object with his glans and has established itself as a recurring form of practical joke in Sweden. The term comes from ollon, the Swedish word for glans.

"When the girls had driven around for an hour or so in the bell-ended police car we had a chat with them and revealed our bell-ending exploits," and "now we know what a facial expression of bleak anxiety looks like," were sample of posts from the blog, ending with a smiley face.

'Uncle Blue' also wrote in lurid detail about a call-out to a student residence where a mentally unstable young woman allegedly made sexual advances towards both him and his partner.

"We decided we couldn't force her into institutional care. Being horny isn't dangerous, after all," he wrote.

Further blog posts included details of how he shook hands with a man who had just hanged himself, provoking guffaws from his colleagues. He also claimed it felt "damn good" to punch somebody in the mouth.

When police management became aware of the blog through a newspaper, the policeman said that everything was made up and intended as a joke.

The police officer had previously been suspected of sexual assault, but the prosecution noted that it was not possible to connect anything he had written to the actual events and decided not to prosecute him.

However, the Police Authority (Polismyndigheten) in Skåne recommended that the police officer be dismissed regardless of whether the stories were true or not and the disciplinary board followed the recommendation.

*Translation note: Bell-ending, a neologism derived from a slang term for the glans, is not a word in common English-language usage.

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15:20 July 6, 2010 by dobermann
A fag like this ex cop must be in a jail and not just fired. I think that he should pay for his female coleages for moral humiliation.. And we would like to see a photo of this ''hero cop''..
20:06 July 6, 2010 by Pittbull77
dobermann; you are small minded and even worse than the police officer in the story. Biggotry and hatred, such as demonstrated by your poor vocabulary usage, are exactly the problem. SOME people don't think that women, or gay, or ethnically diverse people are as good as them and thus do not deserve to be treated the same as you. This is where storiesn such as this begin; with disrepect. The cop probably should be fired, but that doesn't excuse you to hate...
20:23 July 6, 2010 by Nemesis
The police officer belongs in a mental institution. He is a sex offender.

Anyone supporting him also needs to see a shrink.
21:00 July 6, 2010 by RobinHood
"*Translation note: Bell-ending, a neologism derived from a slang term for the glans, is not a word in common English-language usage."

What about willy whipping? I heard that used way back in my school days.
20:21 July 8, 2010 by Ayrshore
He should join Strathclyde Police in Scotland.

It's full of bellends.
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