• Sweden edition
 
Police bashed for 'racist' Facebook comments

Police bashed for 'racist' Facebook comments

Published: 18 May 2012 09:53 GMT+02:00
Updated: 18 May 2012 09:53 GMT+02:00

The use of social media channels to gather tips and information is common practice for many police departments in Sweden.

On Monday, police for the Södermalm district of Stockholm posted a plea on its Facebook page for information about several suspected criminals, the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper reported.

"Do you know these men?" read the posting, which also included a link back to the police's homepage, which included images and video clips taken from surveillance camera footage of several young men suspected in an aggravated assault.

Following the posting, which attracted several racist comments which remained on the police's Facebook page for at least a day, the Swedish Bar Association slammed the Stockholm police's use of social media in its police work.

"There is an incredibly huge risk that the people shown here are innocent. You have to remember that people are innocent until they've been convicted in a court," bar association head Anne Ramberg told DN.

"We don't know that they've committed the act. They may simply be witnesses...but to then spread this via social media can have unforeseen consequences. The fact that the young people's immigrant background prompts a discussion like that doesn't make it any better."

It didn't take long before Monday's Facebook posting by the Stockholm police attracted comments from the account's roughly 4,700 followers about the young men's skin colour and background.

While an administrator of the police's Facebook account published a post urging commenters to watch their language, the racist comments weren't erased until after the police had been contacted by DN.

"It's a real shame that things spiral out of control like that. This is our online bulletin board and we want it to look good. At the same time, it's not going to be right if go in and filter things and decide what's okay and what's not," sergeant Robert Kindroth, who administers the account, told the newspaper.

According to DN, the various police districts in Stockholm have a total of 35 different Facebook pages and ten Twitter accounts.

TT/The Local/dl

Follow The Local on Twitter

Your comments about this article

12:51 May 18, 2012 by awash
institutionalized...
20:24 May 18, 2012 by TheWatchman
What were the comments anyway? As long as they're not wishing for the deaths of all foreigners I can't imagine it being too bad.
23:17 May 18, 2012 by Uncle
A bunch of somalians beat someone to half death (aggravated assault mentioned above) and ran away. Precisely as Mohammad teaches.

Apparently islamic nationalist and communist defenders of nations arriving here thought that these people MAY be mere witnesses to the act and therefore private opinions about the origin of these men are not acceptable.

Poor little immigrants from the third world. Unjustifiably discriminated again. Look where we came to. An immigrant cannot even cripple one on the street without drawing racist comments! What times we are living in!
00:29 May 19, 2012 by Children Of Adam
@Uncle

I can feel how much you hate Islam and loving to lie always against Muslims.

As I said before this forum is infected by Facists who preeches hate toward Muslims and immigrants, some of them are paid agents and some are SD supporters.

What is their solutions and agenda? History always repeat, they always messed up thing than to make it better. because your hearts are full of hate. And a person with such hate what can bring to this world?
01:26 May 19, 2012 by skylarkpilot
Children of Adam...Get a life, the people on the CCTV are guilty of a crime and need to be caught. Wind your neck in and leave the tambourines and clappy music for church on Sunday.
01:36 May 19, 2012 by Uncle
@Children Of Adam

"I can feel how much you hate Islam and loving to lie always against Muslims."

If you can FEEL it and not prove it, you have already started the speech on a wrong foot. PROVE my lies against muslims and I promise you - I will take my words back.

"As I said before this forum is infected by Facists who preeches hate toward Muslims and immigrants"

No. This is where you got it wrong and this is where the good guys win. I LOVE immigrants. Immigrants bring nothing, but good. I HATE conquerors.

You see, Russia welcomed germans through it's entire history. Hell, there were huge areas of western Russia, that were populated by germans. Even losing the WWI was not considered as an awful even by the russian people.

However, when germans decided to invade Russia with a nazi ideology, it was a totally different thing.

I sincerely believe, that an atheist, a christian, a buddhist arab, persian, asian, black, white, cripple, gay, woman, child, scientist, worker etc comes to this country, he ADDS to it. However, when someone, who follows islamic ideology comes here it is similar to the Nazi "liberation" of Poland.

Facts are showing that no muslim country lives in democracy or cherishes freedom. Facts are that muslims encourage territorial expansion. Facts are that muslims do not deny slavery, nor pedophilia, nor rape, nor violence against women and sexual minorities. Muslims officially EDUCATE for the blessing of murder of Jews, as the interview with Wafa Sultan proved in the trial against Wilders.

Islam IS a CHOICE. As national socialism. As Communism. It is destructive. Your greatest scientist are 1000 years old and they got shut down by islam. Your oh, so few, Nobel Prize winners are hunted down by your islamic regimes.

Even your revolutions offer nothing, but public lynching, similar to cannibalism.

YOU represent hatred. YOU bring nothing to this world, except suicide bombing and beheading. YOU are distributing Mein Campf in your countries legally. YOU deny holocaust at the side of the worst Nazis and Neo-Nazis.

And you even DARE to use the word "racism"? Aren't you ashamed? Do you actually believe that whatever islam offered so far in real life was the will of Allah?
06:16 May 19, 2012 by racistreport.org
Please visit www.racistreport.org and share your case. Global movement against

Racism!! With your help we can uncover the true impact of racism on humanity.

If you have been subjected to any form of discrimination because of

your skin color, race, culture or ethnicity please share your story

with the World and get help.

www.racistreport.org -- Fight Against Racism!!
09:34 May 19, 2012 by michael ladochkin
You see, Russia welcomed germans through it's entire history. Hell, there were huge areas of western Russia, that were populated by germans. Even losing the WWI was not considered as an awful even by the russian people.

Well what do you know about Russia and Russians (russkie) ?! I`m russian. Russians (russkie) and Germans are great nations having much in common, external physical similarity as well. The majority of us are against any immigrants. No difference who and where from.
11:20 May 19, 2012 by Uncle
@michael ladochkin

GOD, Michael. Then I have some news to tell you about your own nation. Quite embarrassing, really.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Germans_in_Russia_and_the_Soviet_Union

Currently Germans are fifth largest ethic group in Russia. I suggest that you read about immigration waves and how generally welcome they were in Russia. In regards to the "majority" of "us", I hope you learn something from the above.

@racistreport.org

You want to find racism, intolerance and xenophobia? Put yamaka on the head and walk on the streets of Malmö. Try to arrange gay parade in immigrant areas, or try to encourage muslim women to make their own decisions in regards to marriage and violence in family. Not VERY hard to find eh?

Oh, I am sorry. When violence and intolerance is a "cultural perk", you, guys are much more sensitive, since even intolerance fighters such as yourselves do not wish to get a bunch of "exotic newcomers" slamming your door down with axes.
14:21 May 19, 2012 by bcterry
Uncle # 6,

Absolutely right on the mark.

@Children of Adam,

From someone who adheres to the most violent, dictatorial, intolerant, bigoted, subjugating, fascist, totalitarian ideology in the history of mankind, for you to accuse others as fascists, is the height of hypocrisy.
05:52 May 21, 2012 by ericrufinosiah
bcterry,I do agree totally with your views dated May 19 and do hope all right thinking

natives Swedish please,please take note of the truthful views of " bcterry " and

don't forget to give a vote to Sweden Democrat,in the next National Election.
00:04 August 23, 2012 by rsmehdihasan
i can only say here some of them (Police) are racist...need more training..
Today's headlines
Science
Swedish women in two-year sex pill study
Contraceptive pills have been linked to mood swings. Photo: Shutterstock

Swedish women in two-year sex pill study

Three hundred women from across Sweden are taking part in a study designed to demonstrate that modern contraceptive pills don't lead to decreased libido or mood swings. READ  

National
Stockholm 'sinking' oil spill ship safe
The ship was rescued on Thursday. Photo: Swedish Coast Guard

Stockholm 'sinking' oil spill ship safe

After fears a ship carrying around 52 tonnes of oil could sink in Stockholm's archipelago, Sweden's Coast Guard said the vessel had been towed to safety. READ  

National
Dog attack policewoman acquitted on appeal
A scene from a video of the attack published by Dagens Nyheter

Dog attack policewoman acquitted on appeal

A policewoman accused of letting her dog attack a drunk man while she repeatedly hit him with a baton, has had her conviction overturned by a court in Stockholm. READ  

Entertainment
What's On: October 31st - November 7th
Uma Thurman will soon be on her way to Stockholm. Photo: TT

What's On: October 31st - November 7th

Halloween fun and an international film festival are the big events hitting Stockholm this week. We cast our eye over the capital and the rest of the country for the best activities to check out this week. READ  

International
Pirate Bay Swede found guilty in Denmark
Gottrid Svartholm Warg. File photo: TT

Pirate Bay Swede found guilty in Denmark

Sweden's Pirate Bay Founder Gottrid Svartholm Warg was found guilty of hacking crimes in a Danish court on Thursday. READ  

National
Malmö loses out as rare toads move in
The European green toad. Photo: H. Krisp (WikiCommons)

Malmö loses out as rare toads move in

After a rare species of toad moved into southern Sweden's Malmö, builders have had to tone down massive expansion plans in the area. READ  

Politics
Palestine recognized as state by Sweden
Sweden's Foreign Minister is Margot Wallström. Photo: TT

Palestine recognized as state by Sweden

The Swedish government has officially decided to recognize Palestine, with the move announced in a speech by the country's new Foreign Minister Margot Wallström. READ  

Interview
Stockholm's shocking take on Halloween
For ten days, Globen is transformed into a giant pumpkin. Photo: Shockholm

Stockholm's shocking take on Halloween

American Bill Schacht missed the spooky outfits, family feasts and charity events he associated with Halloween when he moved to Sweden. So he did something about it. The Local meets the founder of the capital's annual Shockholm parade. READ  

Business & Money
Huge losses for energy giant Vattenfall
A Vattenfall plant in Germany. Photo: TT

Huge losses for energy giant Vattenfall

Swedish energy company Vattenfall has reported losses for the third quarter in a row. READ  

International
Malala donates prize winnings to Gaza
Malala receives the Children's Prize from Queen Silvia. Photo: TT

Malala donates prize winnings to Gaza

UPDATED: Girls' rights champion Malala Yousafzai, who was in Sweden to accept the World's Children's Prize on Wednesday, said she would use all her winnings to help rebuild schools in war-ravaged Gaza. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Business & Money
Get your own office in Gothenburg or Stockholm - free for a day
Gallery
People-watching: October 30th
National
Sweden remains fourth best for gender equality
National
Timeline: Julian Assange sex allegations
Sport
World Cup ski race on 'fake' Stockholm slope
Blog updates

29 October

Scariest day (Blogweiser) »

"This is what’s frightening me on Halloween. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4OFZVCu8J0&list=UUJu5J7jG4uoYSjWbpFsJBuQ Follow my posts on FB. ..." READ »

 

24 October

Editor’s blog, October 24th (The Local Sweden) »

"Hi readers, Get ready to read our weekly digest of Swedish news in less than 60 seconds. The..." READ »

 
 
 
Society
An Arctic tradition: hunting and handicraft
Society
Stockholm taxis offer free therapy sessions
National
The Local meets Health Minister Gabriel Wikström
Gallery
Property of the week: Österåker
Society
Homeless turtles get Stockholm police ride
National
Construction worker has 'Sweden's best beard'
National
Italian musician jazzes up Sweden's Lapland
Gallery
Zlatan's career in pictures
Finest.se
Gallery
People-watching: October 25th and 26th
Lifestyle
'Swedes are funnier than they think'
National
Swedish town 'like Venice' after heavy rains
Lifestyle
What's On in Sweden: October 24th - 31st
Gallery
People-watching: October 22nd
Gallery
In Pictures: Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist
Lifestyle
Eight things to love about renting a Swedish apartment
National
Vasa ship cannon blasted in Sweden
National
Sub hunt: Day-by-day
National
Sub hunt: Stockholm islanders share their fears with The Local
Sponsored Article
The best options for oversea transfers
National
Dentist gives free care to Roma beggars
Gallery
Property of the week: Malmö
Gallery
PHOTOS: 'Foreign activity' in Swedish waters
TT
Society
QUIZ: How good is your Swedish?
Society
The nudity... and nine other things expat men notice in Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: October 15th
Gallery
Your views: Should outdoor smoking be banned in Sweden?
Business & Money
Sweden has 'large hole' in finances
Sponsored Article
Introducing... Finding a job in Stockholm
Society
Monster salmon caught in northern Sweden
Gallery
Property of the week: Lorensberg
National
Scandinavia's child bride
National
Ebola crisis: How is Sweden preparing?
Business & Money
How Sweden is becoming a cashless society
Gallery
Stockholm Burlesque Festival 2014
National
How a little red horse became a symbol for Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: October 12th
Business & Money
The hottest start-ups from southern Sweden
National
Stockholm is 'best' region for well-being
Gallery
People-watching: October 8th
National
Five facts to know about Patrick Modiano
Sponsored Article
How to catch the first lobster of the year
Team SCA
Sponsored Article
All-female SCA team takes off on Volvo Ocean Race
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

1,005
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
http://psdmedia.se
If you want to drink, that’s your business.
If you want to stop, we can help.

Learn more about English-language Alcoholics Anonymous in Sweden. No dues. No fees. Confidentiality assured.
AA-EUROPE.ORG/SWEDEN