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Police crimes unit launches 'Niggersson' investigation

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11:16 CET+01:00
The Swedish National Police-related Crimes Unit (Riksenheten för polismål) has launched a criminal investigation against the Malmö police officers that used the fictional names "Neger Niggersson" and "Oskar Neger" (Negro) for internal training purposes.

Jörgen Lindberg, the chief public prosecutor at the Police-related Crimes Unit in Malmö, has decided to open an investigation against the officers on suspicion of the offence of racial agitation.

"The details are all there, in the press, what I shall do is take a closer look at what has occurred," Lindberg explained to local newspaper Skånska Dagbladet.

Lindberg will now set about collecting as much information as he can from all those that attended the training course in the spring of 2008.

What is decisive in meeting the legal definition of "racial agitation" is the number of people present as witnesses. It is not sufficient to simply use racist words or phrases in speech or in writing, there has to be an element of propagation.

According to Lindberg, this explains the decision to conclude an investigation into racist comments by police officers on a police video, recorded in connection with unrest in the Malmö suburb of Rosengård in December 2008.

There were too few officers in the vehicle at the time, Lindberg said to Skånska Dagladet.

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