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Police crimes unit launches ‘Niggersson’ investigation

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.

PROTESTS

Calls for special police tactics to be available across Sweden

The chairwoman of the Police Association West Region has said that police special tactics, known as Särskild polistaktik or SPT, should be available across Sweden, to use in demonstrations similar to those during the Easter weekend.

Calls for special police tactics to be available across Sweden

SPT, (Särskild polistaktik), is a tactic where the police work with communication rather than physical measures to reduce the risk of conflicts during events like demonstrations.

Tactics include knowledge about how social movements function and how crowds act, as well as understanding how individuals and groups act in a given situation. Police may attempt to engage in collaboration and trust building, which they are specially trained to do.

Katharina von Sydow, chairwoman of the Police Association West Region, told Swedish Radio P4 West that the concept should exist throughout the country.

“We have nothing to defend ourselves within 10 to 15 metres. We need tools to stop this type of violent riot without doing too much damage,” she said.

SPT is used in the West region, the South region and in Stockholm, which doesn’t cover all the places where the Easter weekend riots took place.

In the wake of the riots, police unions and the police’s chief safety representative had a meeting with the National Police Chief, Anders Tornberg, and demanded an evaluation of the police’s work. Katharina von Sydow now hopes that the tactics will be introduced everywhere.

“This concept must exist throughout the country”, she said.

During the Easter weekend around 200 people were involved in riots after a planned demonstration by anti-Muslim Danish politician Rasmus Paludan and his party Stram Kurs (Hard Line), that included the burning of the Muslim holy book, the Koran.

Police revealed on Friday that at least 104 officers were injured in counter-demonstrations that they say were hijacked by criminal gangs intent on targeting the police. 

Forty people were arrested and police are continuing to investigate the violent riots for which they admitted they were unprepared. 

Paludan’s application for another demonstration this weekend was rejected by police.

In Norway on Saturday, police used tear gas against several people during a Koran-burning demonstration after hundreds of counter-demonstrators clashed with police in the town of Sandefjord.

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