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Officers charged for assaulting whistleblower

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.

Officers charged for assaulting whistleblower

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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HEALTH

Swedish opposition proposes ‘rapid tests for ADHD’ to cut gang crime

The Moderate Party in Stockholm has called for children in so called "vulnerable areas" to be given rapid tests for ADHD to increase treatment and cut gang crime.

Swedish opposition proposes 'rapid tests for ADHD' to cut gang crime

In a press release, the party proposed that treating more children in troubled city areas would help prevent gang crime, given that “people with ADHD diagnoses are “significantly over-represented in the country’s jails”. 

The idea is that children in so-called “vulnerable areas”, which in Sweden normally have a high majority of first and second-generation generation immigrants, will be given “simpler, voluntary tests”, which would screen for ADHD, with those suspected of having the neuropsychiatric disorder then put forward for proper evaluations to be given by a child psychiatrist. 

“The quicker you can put in place measures, the better the outcomes,” says Irene Svenonius, the party’s leader in the municipality, of ADHD treatment, claiming that children in Sweden with an immigrant background were less likely to be medicated for ADHD than other children in Sweden. 

In the press release, the party said that there were “significant differences in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD within Stockholm country”, with Swedish-born children receiving diagnosis and treatment to a higher extent, and with ADHD “with the greatest probability” underdiagnosed in vulnerable areas. 

At a press conference, the party’s justice spokesman Johan Forsell, said that identifying children with ADHD in this areas would help fight gang crime. 

“We need to find these children, and that is going to help prevent crime,” he said. 

Sweden’s climate minister Annika Strandhäll accused the Moderates of wanting to “medicate away criminality”. 

Lotta Häyrynen, editor of the trade union-backed comment site Nya Mitten, pointed out that the Moderates’s claim to want to help children with neuropsychiatric diagnoses in vulnerable areas would be more credible if they had not closed down seven child and youth psychiatry units. 

The Moderate Party MP and debater Hanif Bali complained about the opposition from left-wing commentators and politicians.

“My spontaneous guess would have been that the Left would have thought it was enormously unjust that three times so many immigrant children are not getting a diagnosis or treatment compared to pure-Swedish children,” he said. “Their hate for the Right is stronger than their care for the children. 

Swedish vocab: brottsförebyggande – preventative of crime 

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