• Sweden's news in English

Police criticised after teen forced to strip

Vivian Tse · 18 May 2010, 14:13

Published: 18 May 2010 14:13 GMT+02:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

The Chancellor, one of Sweden's most senior law officers, slammed the officers in Lund for routinely forcing young people in their custody to strip, and also noted the lack of documentation regarding the case.

The teenager was at a party in Lomma, near Lund, which was raided by the police in February last year. She was tired and had fallen asleep when the police came to the apartment. Because they suspected that she had taken drugs, they took her to the police station.

At the station, the police forced the girl to strip naked. In the room, there were two female police officers, but there was a glass window in the door into which all who passed by could look. According to the girl, several male police officers were outside.

She then provided urine samples, which showed that she had not taken drugs, which she was under suspicion for.

She was offended by by her treatment and reported the matter to the Chancellor of Justice.

"The Chancellor of Justice has questioned why she had to undress completely naked and the fact that it was carried out in a room where other people could observe her through a pane of glass in the door to the room," wrote JK administrators Anna Skarhed and Katarina Berglund Siegbahn in their ruling. "If there was a suspicion of drug possession, that would have warranted a physical search in the form of a clothing inspection."

They added, "Undressing more or less was routine when it came to suspicion of minor drug offenses. The Chancellor of Justice has reason to believe that this has happened in this case. The Chancellor assumes that the police authority in Skåne will review its procedures with regard to physical inspections and body searches for minor drug offenses if it has not already done so."

Skåne police reported that the clear glass pane has since been replaced by frosted glass.

Story continues below…

A preliminary investigation of misconduct began after the girl reported the treatment. The girl, however, changed her mind and asked that the case be closed.

"In this case, two colleagues did not follow the right procedures," Skåne police general counsel Mårten Unbeck told The Local. "It will not be necessary to change normal procedures. I have to read the JK decision first. We did wrong in this case. We don't normally do this."

Vivian Tse (vivian.tse@thelocal.se)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

17:12 May 18, 2010 by zooeden
yeah, what are they gonna find in a young teen???? kilos and kilos of cocaine??? or are they looking where is the roach???? Ufff If I was the dad of that girl I would personally punish the police officers in charge, so what after 2 - 3 years Im out!!! SOBS
17:19 May 18, 2010 by Kronaboy
I could understand strip searches for serious offences, in fact I would expect it. Stepping aside the obvious concerns raised above this a serious waste of my hard earned taxes, I mean haven't they got anything better do than to search every pot smoking student in Lund?
20:23 May 18, 2010 by Soft Boiled
Disgusting :(
00:14 May 19, 2010 by expert
Could any body tell me whats the definition of ethics, morality and respect in sweden and what is used as a reference for these aspects?
01:42 May 19, 2010 by DAVID T
well it's only what would happen if she got stopped at an airport - the cops had a reason to raid the party and she could have had drugs uo her ass
09:13 May 19, 2010 by karex
David T

That's what x-rays are for. Besides, if this extreme type of search was conducted (I mean body cavity search) then it must be done by a doctor and in privacy. This is an outrage.
10:04 May 19, 2010 by Kronaboy

She wasn't at an A/Port, besides the whole point of creating specialist police divisions Such as Area Drugs operating out of Leyton (who by the way is so corrupt that they are probably responsible half the Heroin supplied on the streets of North London) is to specifically target the major suppliers who should be striped searched; even then such searches on juveniles can only be carried out in the presences of a responsible adult.
10:28 May 19, 2010 by flintis
Oh dear!! another infringement of personal integrity, next they'll be wanting to using cameras to catch criminals.

God forbid can't have that can we, making it easier to catch criminals & lawbreakers & not forgetting those law abiding leaches in higher education.
12:20 May 19, 2010 by DAVID T
@ karex and kronabi - I would much rather have a strip search than an x-ray and it is quite concievable that a suspect could well hide their stash were the sun don't shine - my great Aunt who was 89 had a cavity search at the airport and she just said well that's how it is these days. I repeat the cops had a reason to go there and what was she doing falling asleep in the middle of a party - Damn right they should have checked her out
13:59 May 19, 2010 by Streja
David T, she was innocent and veyr young. They forced her to undress where grown men could see her. Was that good in your book?
18:50 May 19, 2010 by locaxy
Consequence of the "war on drugs". These idiots treat herb ingestors as criminals.
22:16 May 19, 2010 by DAVID T
@ Streja - on this occasion she was innocent but the police must have had a reason to raid the party - so what's a young girl doing hanging around with people that use drugs - if you play with fire you will get burnt
09:35 May 20, 2010 by Rebel
Okay...so suspicion of minor drug offenses leads to undressing people. Wonder if most people who are suspects in these cases are young teens.
10:51 May 20, 2010 by J Jack
I suspect the two female officers of minor drug possession and therefore order them to strip naked behind a glass panel. I'm sure I won't look.
12:11 May 20, 2010 by Kronaboy

Heavens above are you suggesting our respectable constabulary are choosing to strip search young buxom female teenagers, over dirty old drug addicted tramps with long beards?????
19:04 July 1, 2010 by Raiha
@ David T

How ridiculous your comments are. She could have had drugs in her anal cavity? Are people really that stupid? NO-ONE hides their stash there unless they're packing through airports. You think people at parties are "look, if you're not gonna drop that E now or smoke that scoob, shove it up your ass for safe keeping in case we get raided by the cops?" LMFAO.

Oh and falling asleep at a party - serious criminal behaviour that is. That would suggest to me that she was the only one at the party NOT on drugs.

I could understand the strip search if her urine sample came back positive. To that end they would follow the same procedure as customs. The strip search is to look for needle marks not just to conduct a cavity search. But stripping a 16 year old girl because she was asleep at a party is F-ing ridiculous, over zealous and just plain wrong. Don't get me started on the lack of privacy. Disgusting. Bet the cops got off on that one.
Today's headlines
Refugee crisis
Asylum requests in Sweden down by 70 percent
Sweden's migration minister Morgan Johansson. Photo: Christine Olsson/TT

Sweden received 70 percent fewer requests for asylum in the period between January and September 2016 than it did during the same time last year, the country’s justice and migration minister Morgan Johansson has revealed.

The unique story of Stockholm's floating libraries
The Stockholm archipelago book boat. Photo: Roger Hill.

Writer Roger Hill details his journeys on the boats that carry books over Stockholm's waterways and to its most remote places.

Refugee crisis
Second Stockholm asylum centre fire in a week
The new incident follows a similar fire in Fagersjö last week (pictured). Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Police suspect arson in the blaze, as well as a similar incident which occurred last Sunday.

More misery for Ericsson as losses pile up
Ericsson interim CEO Jan Frykhammar presenting its third quarter results. Photo: Claudio Bresciani/TT

The bad news just keeps coming from the Swedish telecoms giant.

Facebook 'sorry' for removing Swedish cancer video
A computer displaying Facebook's landing page. Photo: Christine Olsson/TT

The social media giant had censored a video explaining how women should check for suspicious lumps in their breasts.

Watch this amazing footage of Sweden’s landscapes
A still from the aerial footage of Sweden. Photo: Nate Summer-Cook

The spectacular drone footage captures both Sweden's south and the opposite extreme, thousands of kilometres north.

Sweden could be allowed to keep border controls: EU
Police ID checks at Hyllie station in southern Sweden. Photo: Stig-Åke Jönsson/TT

Sweden could be allowed to keep ID controls on its border with Denmark beyond the current end date of November, following discussions among EU leaders in Brussels last night.

Why women in Sweden will work for free by November
File photo of a woman working in a Swedish office. Photo: Anders Willund/TT

A new study into the gender pay gap suggests Sweden still has some work to do.

Look familiar? Meet your jawbone's ancestor
Thank God for evolution, eh?

There's something fishy about the human jawbone – it has its origins in the placodermi, a jowly species of fish that lived 400 million years ago, Swedish and Chinese researchers say.

Isis claims unremarked arson attack in Malmö
The arson attack took place on Norra Grängesbergsgatan in Malmö. File photo: Emil Langvad/TT

An arson attack in Malmö that caused only minor damage and was barely reported in the media has been claimed by terror group Isis.

Sponsored Article
This is Malmö: Football capital of Sweden
Fury at plans that 'threaten the IB's survival' in Sweden
Sponsored Article
Where is the Swedish music industry heading?
Here's where it could snow in central Sweden this weekend
Analysis & Opinion
Are we just going to let half the country die?
Blog updates

6 October

10 useful hjälpverb (The Swedish Teacher) »

"Hej! I think the so-called “hjalpverb” (auxiliary verbs in English) are a good way to get…" READ »


8 July

Editor’s blog, July 8th (The Local Sweden) »

"Hej readers, It has, as always, been a bizarre, serious and hilarious week in Sweden. You…" READ »

Sponsored Article
7 reasons you should join Sweden's 'a-kassa'
Angry elk chases Swede up a lamp post
Sponsored Article
Why you should 'grab a chair' on Stockholm's tech scene
The Local Voices
'Alienation in Sweden feels better: I find myself a stranger among scores of aliens'
People-watching: October 20th
The Local Voices
A layover at Qatar airport brought this Swedish-Kenyan couple together - now they're heading for marriage
Sponsored Article
Stockholm: creating solutions to global challenges
Swede punches clown that scared his grandmother
Sponsored Article
Swedish for programmers: 'It changed my life'
Fans throw flares and enter pitch in Swedish football riot
Could Swedish blood test solve 'Making a Murderer'?
Sponsored Article
Top 7 tips to help you learn Swedish
Property of the week: Linnéstaden, Gothenburg
Sponsored Article
How to vote absentee from abroad in the US elections
Swedish school to build gender neutral changing room
People-watching: October 14th-16th
Sponsored Article
'There was no future for me in Turkey'
Man in Sweden assaulted by clowns with broken bottle
Sponsored Article
‘Extremism can't be defeated on the battlefield alone’
Nobel Prize 2016: Literature
Sponsored Article
Stockholm: creating solutions to global challenges
Watch the man who discovered Bob Dylan react to his Nobel Prize win
Sponsored Article
Why you should 'grab a chair' on Stockholm's tech scene
Record numbers emigrating from Sweden
Sponsored Article
'There was no future for me in Turkey'
People-watching: October 12th
Sponsored Article
Where is the Swedish music industry heading?
The Local Voices
'Swedish startups should embrace newcomers' talents - there's nothing to fear'
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
How far right are the Sweden Democrats?
Property of the week: Triangeln, Malmö
Sweden unveils Europe's first elk hut
People-watching: October 7th-9th
The Local Voices
Syria's White Helmets: The Nobel Peace Prize would have meant a lot, but pulling a child from rubble is the greatest reward
Missing rune stone turns up in Sweden
Nobel Prize 2016: Chemistry
jobs available