Police shoot 22 year old dead

A 22 year old man was shot dead by a policeman in Lindesberg on Sunday afternoon after attacking officers with "knives in both hands".

“It was a clear execution,” said the 22 year old’s father, who witnessed the whole incident.

Two police units were called to the house on the outskirts of Lindesberg, between Örebro and Falun, after the 22 year old’s parents had called the emergency number. They had gone to a nearby petrol station after an argument with their son, who, they said, had already armed himself with knives.

Four police officers stood at the gate to the family home and “successfully made contact with the 22 year old”, according to Örebro police spokesman, Torbjörn Carlson.

“Out in the garden the man suddenly attacked the police with knives, one in each hand,” said Lars Göransson, the prosecutor leading the investigation into the 22 year old’s death.

Two officers had already drawn their weapons and one of them shot the man as he approached. According to the prosecutor, the man was shot in the stomach.

The 22 year old’s father said that he had tried to speak to his son but had got no contact with him. He told Aftonbladet that the police had ignored his pleas for them not to shoot, even though his son was on the other side of a closed gate.

“It was murder, a clear execution,” he said.

Both police and the man’s parents tried to save him but he was dead by the time he arrived at Lindesberg hospital.

The officer who fired the fatal shot has, reported Dagens Nyheter, been “taken out of service” and debriefed by colleagues.

“There is reason to consider that a crime could have taken place,” said prosecutor Lars Göransson. “In which case it’s a question of breach of duty which is a low grade of crime.”

Nevertheless, the policeman has not been charged and is not yet under suspicion of any crime.

Sources: Dagens Nyheter, Svenska Dagbladet, Aftonbladet


Swedish opposition proposes ‘rapid tests for ADHD’ to cut gang crime

The Moderate Party in Stockholm has called for children in so called "vulnerable areas" to be given rapid tests for ADHD to increase treatment and cut gang crime.

Swedish opposition proposes 'rapid tests for ADHD' to cut gang crime

In a press release, the party proposed that treating more children in troubled city areas would help prevent gang crime, given that “people with ADHD diagnoses are “significantly over-represented in the country’s jails”. 

The idea is that children in so-called “vulnerable areas”, which in Sweden normally have a high majority of first and second-generation generation immigrants, will be given “simpler, voluntary tests”, which would screen for ADHD, with those suspected of having the neuropsychiatric disorder then put forward for proper evaluations to be given by a child psychiatrist. 

“The quicker you can put in place measures, the better the outcomes,” says Irene Svenonius, the party’s leader in the municipality, of ADHD treatment, claiming that children in Sweden with an immigrant background were less likely to be medicated for ADHD than other children in Sweden. 

In the press release, the party said that there were “significant differences in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD within Stockholm country”, with Swedish-born children receiving diagnosis and treatment to a higher extent, and with ADHD “with the greatest probability” underdiagnosed in vulnerable areas. 

At a press conference, the party’s justice spokesman Johan Forsell, said that identifying children with ADHD in this areas would help fight gang crime. 

“We need to find these children, and that is going to help prevent crime,” he said. 

Sweden’s climate minister Annika Strandhäll accused the Moderates of wanting to “medicate away criminality”. 

Lotta Häyrynen, editor of the trade union-backed comment site Nya Mitten, pointed out that the Moderates’s claim to want to help children with neuropsychiatric diagnoses in vulnerable areas would be more credible if they had not closed down seven child and youth psychiatry units. 

The Moderate Party MP and debater Hanif Bali complained about the opposition from left-wing commentators and politicians.

“My spontaneous guess would have been that the Left would have thought it was enormously unjust that three times so many immigrant children are not getting a diagnosis or treatment compared to pure-Swedish children,” he said. “Their hate for the Right is stronger than their care for the children. 

Swedish vocab: brottsförebyggande – preventative of crime