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Cop faces sack over ‘offensive and disrespectful’ blog

Police in southern Sweden have recommended the firing of a police sergeant who blogged about throwing stones at a thief and secretly dabbing the tip of his sex organ on car door handles.

Cop faces sack over 'offensive and disrespectful' blog

The sergeant was recalled from service with United Nations police forces in Sudan after finding he had maintained a blog under the pseudonym Farbror Blå (Uncle Blue).

Reacting to media revelations about the blog, police in the Skåne region launched an internal investigation and quickly discovered the identity of the mystery scribe, whose open-hearted exposé of life in the force was not appreciated by his superiors.

In its request for Uncle Blue to be removed from the force, the county police chief wrote to the police disciplinary committee that the sergeant’s blog “gives readers the impression that strongly sexist jokes and the offensive and disrespectful treatment of both co-workers and the general public are common occurrences among on duty police officers.”

The Skåne Police Authority also rejected as irrelevant Uncle Blue’s assertion in a letter to the force that the stories detailed on his blog were largely fictionalized versions of police tales heard on the grapevine.

“Regardless of whether the stories are personal experiences, retellings or made up, the Authority is of the view the stories have caused disgust and many people have taken offence.”

Officials cited three blog posts it considered particularly egregious.

In one case, the sergeant and his colleagues arrived at the scene of a possible suicide attempt. As fire rescue workers pleaded with the man to come down from the roof, the officers recognized him as “a bloody thief”.

“We threw stones at him and shouted: ‘Jump, you cowardly bastard!!!'”

The sergeant also claimed that he and a cop buddy had secretly marked a car driven by female co-workers.

“[We] bell-ended* the door handles, window buttons, gear stick, steering wheel, stereo buttons and the police radio buttons, as well as the receiver used to talk to the operations room”.

The practice of bell-ending, or ollning, involves a man touching an object with his glans and has established itself as a recurring form of practical joke in Sweden. The term comes from ollon, the Swedish word for glans.

“When the girls had driven around for an hour or so in the bell-ended police car we had a chat with them and revealed our bell-ending exploits.”

“Now we know what a facial expression of bleak anxiety looks like,” he wrote, ending his post with a smiley face.

In the third post, Uncle Blue told of how he shook hands with a man who had just hanged himself, provoking guffaws from his colleagues.

The sergeant has been placed on desk duty at the Skåne police department’s fraud unit as officials await a response from the disciplinary committee.

*Translation note: Bell-ending, a neologism derived from a slang term for the glans, is not a word in common English-language usage.

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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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