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Officers charged for assaulting whistleblower

Officers charged for assaulting whistleblower

Published: 22 Oct 2010 16:16 GMT+02:00
Updated: 22 Oct 2010 16:16 GMT+02:00

Two police officers have been charged for assaulting a young man who used his mobile phone camera to film them roughing up two suspects in a Stockholm metro station.

According to the indictment, the police officers had threatened to report him on harassment and drug charges if he did not delete the pictures from his mobile phone. They also pressed him up against a wall and snatched his mobile phone from him.

The event became notorious after the young man uploaded a reconstructed film of the incident on YouTube.

The two policemen have been charged for harassment, arbitrary conduct and unlawful restraint or misconduct.

The young man was photographing the police officers in connection with their conduct in verifying the identity of two people in the Hornstull subway station.

The man wanted to expose what he believed to be the use of undue force by the officers.

The prosecutor has called several witnesses to testify about the police officers' behaviour in connection with the incident. He has also referred to the young man's reconstructed film from the mobile phone camera.

Following the incident, the policemen reported the amateur photographer for aggravated defamation, insults and harassment and assault of a police officer.

According to the man's lawyer Björn Sandin, he is not under suspicion for the crimes.

Chief prosecutor Christer Ekelund wrote in the indictment that the district court should get ask for an assessment of the officers from the police personnel disciplinary board, which determines what disciplinary measures to administer to offending officers.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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18:22 October 22, 2010 by pantheratigris
Careful not to give potential whistleblowers in the Malmo shootings the same treatment...
18:47 October 22, 2010 by Sam1
That white little lamp is turning out to be a devil its a thin layer of snow and the truth shows to all people....

These things you never hear about unless some one like this brave man comes up..

Did you hear that me and my 19 year old brother was attacked by SD racists with knives and the same police you hear about smothered the issue like nothing happened you probebly not.

We are hardworking citizens, if tax was the issue of the attack its not true its racism and hate.

You would 100% hear about it, if me and my brother hit two Blond sweds it would be on youtube, and the base video for SD to use against black hair.

If they got hurt or not it would have been made like being hit by a truck instead..

We got hurt Doctors smothered it too some bald nazi doc from Krokom.

Where immigrants are less than 2 % its all bullshit the media creating a battlefield and giving reasons for such things which are not even present...its just hate and Nazism, The Nazis came to Sweden and gave birth to themselves since ages.
21:28 October 22, 2010 by Vitas
Who knows/? Where is this video?
06:53 October 23, 2010 by jackx123
So the people protecting us and supposedly upholding the law is found to be lying cheating bastards just to protect their own skin. What a wonderful country Sweden is. Not to mention politicians who commit fraud only to get let of.

As a matter of fact the Swedish institution continues to impede human rights INSIDE Sweden despite losing several times in the EU court AND various government institutions continue to make decisions "on behalf" of the individual without consent.

Go figure....
00:30 October 24, 2010 by Nilspet
Just a simple question: are you allowed to film police officers at all? If so what was the problem there? Please give me an answer if you know.

If the young man's story were correct, it would then imply that the 2 police officers committed a heavy crime by using force and unlawful method.

I always thought that Sweden allows freedom of expression and such the action (i.e. taking pictures of police officers at the train station) should be perfectly legal. I remember seeing hundreds of photographers in Spain Greece and Thailand taking close-up photos of police officers beating protesters and none of the photographers got in any trouble (and those pictures were published worldwide). So I am really curious if we do have such the freedom (of taking photos) in Sweden. If we do not have then we are like in North Korea.
02:09 October 24, 2010 by billstewart3
If the police have done nothing wrong then they have nothing to hide, correct?
03:26 October 24, 2010 by Onepack
Seems to me that the police-state is evolving here in Sweden just as it has in the USA... lots of testosteroned-cops who are ready to jump out of their well-equipped police vehicles to pounce on a "civilian". These guys have been watching too many USA cop shows! Look out Sweden, you are in for one rude awakening when you discover that the military/industrial/security-state has taken away your basic liberties, just as they are doing in USA!

Better stand-up now, or watch your back. There will be a cop ready to crack your head if you even look at him the wrong way!
21:25 October 24, 2010 by dunce
Many of you are too quick to blame america for your problems.my grandfather was a swedish immigrant and lived for a while in mayville,north dakota.There was also a large mean drunk there who teerorized everybody when drunk. the city fathers said anybody who could out fight him and put in the jail would be made chief of police.Carl Larson did and now you know part of how the wild west was settled. Apart from this anecdote,police roughing up people goes back in history to well before america was discovered by lief ericson.
06:01 October 25, 2010 by HowSwedeitis
@Sam 1: How dare you say that Nazi's "Give birth to themselves" in Sweden. The Sweden Democrats have less than 20 seats in the Riksdag. Out of 349! Sure, there are extremists out there, on both sides. But did you see the protests against them? How about the countless Swedish civilians who look out for immigrants and are vocally very defensive of refugee causes? You calling my people Nazi's is just as bad as me calling all of your people terrorists, or woman-abusing psychopaths. Show some respect.

@jackx123: Wow, a majority of the Police force is involved in so-called "cover-ups?" Wait, the story only talks about two. TWO. And yet, you imply that the entire nation ("What a great country Sweden is") is fraught with lying bastards. You're right. Sweden is a great country. And by the way, what do you mean by, "…only to get let of."? I don't understand what the means. Did you mean do say, "only to get off the hook?" "Only to go free?"

"If the police have done nothing wrong then they have nothing to hide, correct?" Exactly. These two should be investigated. No question.

@onepack: You have no evidence of this. ONE incident involving TWO police officers in a nation of 9+ million, and all of a sudden, *gasp* Sweden's becoming East Germany! Please.

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