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Swedish man dies after police intervention

TT/The Local/vt · 25 Nov 2010, 11:02

Published: 25 Nov 2010 11:02 GMT+01:00

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Police are currently investigating the incident, which took place in Karlstad.

"In conducting the intervention, we were forced to use some force to subdue him," Värmland police spokesman Tommy Lindh told news agency TT on Thursday.

According to newspaper Aftonbladet, the man was forced down onto his stomach during the intervention over the weekend. On the way to the hospital, his heart stopped. On Tuesday, the man died of injuries caused by the cardiac arrest.

"The man was taken into custody because he was disturbed and posed a danger both to himself and others. He was very agitated and violent," added Lindh.

According to Lindh, the man had not attacked anyone, and that he was mainly trying to harm himself. However, he declined to divulge further details about the incident.

"There is an ongoing internal investigation," he explained.

According to the Aftonbladet daily, the man lay on his stomach in police bus. Police would not comment on the newspaper's claims, citing its own preliminary investigation.

The man was taken to hospital where he later died. Lindh declined to disclose exactly when the man died.

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"We received information from the hospital yesterday [Wednesday] that he had died," he said.

The internal inquiry, conducted by police in Västerås, is headed by prosecutors in Gothenburg.

TT/The Local/vt (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

12:51 November 25, 2010 by asian123
may be be died of drugs he had taken or extra pressing by police to the ground.

any way sometimes 15 police men trying to hold one drunken guy that is not acceptabe.

how many policemen required to stop one guy?

surely not more than 2 or 3.
13:49 November 25, 2010 by this_aint_sparta

either 2 or 3 policemen or one blonde
14:29 November 25, 2010 by Rishonim
Is police intervention another way of saying police brutality?
14:33 November 25, 2010 by hilt_m
While it doesn't say if he was a big guy or not, it takes a lot of manpower to subdue someone who is fighting back, kicking biting etc. I suspect the problem may have been forcing the man onto his stomach, I remember a few years back in Australia this happened with a bunch of security guards at a casino trying to restrain a big guy, they forced him onto his chest and his own body weight put so much strain on the heart he died. Could be the same thing.
14:52 November 25, 2010 by sherkovic
i think they used taser on him...
04:02 November 26, 2010 by HowSwedeitis
@ Rishonim: No.
06:12 November 26, 2010 by aab05001
if this happens in iran, it will sparks lots of condemnations. but when it happen in sweden or any western country, there is all the time a rational behind these acts.
07:31 November 26, 2010 by Douglas Garner
If he was on PCP or methamphetamines strength and behavior can be quite extreem and unpredictable, plus the drugs put extra strain on the body.

Let us patiently await the autopsy... and hope that the Local prints a follow up story!
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