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Officers charged for assaulting whistleblower

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Officers charged for assaulting whistleblower
16:16 CEST+02:00
Two police officers have been charged for assaulting a young man who used his mobile phone camera to film them roughing up two suspects in a Stockholm metro station.

According to the indictment, the police officers had threatened to report him on harassment and drug charges if he did not delete the pictures from his mobile phone. They also pressed him up against a wall and snatched his mobile phone from him.

The event became notorious after the young man uploaded a reconstructed film of the incident on YouTube.

The two policemen have been charged for harassment, arbitrary conduct and unlawful restraint or misconduct.

The young man was photographing the police officers in connection with their conduct in verifying the identity of two people in the Hornstull subway station.

The man wanted to expose what he believed to be the use of undue force by the officers.

The prosecutor has called several witnesses to testify about the police officers' behaviour in connection with the incident. He has also referred to the young man's reconstructed film from the mobile phone camera.

Following the incident, the policemen reported the amateur photographer for aggravated defamation, insults and harassment and assault of a police officer.

According to the man's lawyer Björn Sandin, he is not under suspicion for the crimes.

Chief prosecutor Christer Ekelund wrote in the indictment that the district court should get ask for an assessment of the officers from the police personnel disciplinary board, which determines what disciplinary measures to administer to offending officers.

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