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Bouncers remanded for cellar assaults

TT/The Local · 30 Sep 2010, 07:34

Published: 30 Sep 2010 07:34 GMT+02:00

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According to prosecutor Karl-Erik Esbo, the men have been employed at two different restaurants in Gothenburg and carried out assaults on guests on at least 17 occasions between 2008 and 2010.

One of the men, a 29-year-old, has parallel to his employment as a door guard, worked as a civilian with the Gothenburg police.

A total of eight door guards were taken in for questioning on Tuesday, with two of them released after interviews. A further two have been detained for further questioning.

According to the prosecutor all of the assaults have been carried out in a similar fashion.

"They have, with a certain regularity, carried out assaults involving punches, kicks and batons. In several cases the assaults have occurred in the restaurant's cellar," said Karl-Erik Esbo.

The last time an assault occurred, in the spring, the police also became involved. Since then the police have been working on the investigation, but it was not until Tuesday that investigators had uncovered enough information to proceed.

"A fair amount of preparation is required to be able to carry out this type of swoop," Esbo explained.

None of the suspects are previously known to the police for any criminal offence.

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The prosecutor argued that the actions of the bouncers were reprehensible.

"It is awful when people are given the responsibility to manage security and procedure has crossed the line for what is permitted," said Karl-Erik Esbo.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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09:06 September 30, 2010 by StockholmSam
Yep, it is really shocking when you put batons and handcuffs in the hands of steroid-packed loser jocks, give them positions of authority and responsibility for controlling regular citizens, and they end up hitting people. We should all be stunned at this outcome.
13:31 September 30, 2010 by Audrian
The installation of a closed-cercuit-television can prevent abuse.
15:44 September 30, 2010 by rafa1981
And also privacy rights for the client.
17:12 September 30, 2010 by dobermann
The installation of a closed-cercuit-television can prevent abuse.

As I know from my own country, if there is some kind of conflict with security guys and they cross the limits, usually security records somehow are missing or unreadable..

And also privacy rights for the client.

What kind of privacy?

Why there are hundreds of cameras in every metro station, train station, even in bus stations, inside public transportation, all shops, museums and etc.. People are already filmed hundreds of times per day..
19:05 September 30, 2010 by ww77ww
"reprehensible", but we can rest assured the Swedish "justice system" (sarcastic quotes) will fail to deliver any real punishment, as per usual.

Club patrons should photograph and video the mercenaries, and post it online for all to see. Then maybe the favors can be returned. Self defense isn't illegal in Sweden...yet.
20:17 September 30, 2010 by Markus G
Careful with the phrase "loser Jocks". A Jock is a Scotsman in most parts of the world!
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