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‘Tall, slim man’ wanted for Malmö killing

Police are looking for a tall, slim man in his mid-twenties in connection with the killing near a popular swimming spot in Malmö in southern Sweden last week.

'Tall, slim man' wanted for Malmö killing

“We have a fairly good picture of the perpetrator,” said JB Cederholm, who is leading the investigation for Malmö police.

Some 70 people have contacted police in connection with the investigation and a number of them witnessed the perpetrator prior to the killing.

He is thought to have spent around an hour in the car park at Sibbarp campground in the southern part of the city and may have visited the location the previous day.

The investigation has shown that he was seen by a relatively large number of people, apparently taking few precautions to conceal his appearance.

Police have been able to compile an accurate description of the tall dark man, dressed in black clothing and with a black cap on his head.

“He could even be younger than 20-years-old,” Cederholm said.

Despite the amount of time that the suspect is thought to have spent in the area, no one has reported having spoken to him.

The 36-year-old murder victim was just about to get into a car parked near the popular swimming spot last Wednesday when he was shot dead.

Witnesses at the scene described how the killing looked like an “execution”.

Following the slaying, the perpetrator fled into adjoining streets through a residential area. At one point he dropped his pistol, but paused to pick it up again.

The man’s trail went cold on Sibbarpsvägen and police are uncertain if he had a car waiting for him there.

The murdered man was known to police with established criminal connections and they are currently investigating his background for any clues as to his fate.

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PROTESTS

Calls for special police tactics to be available across Sweden

The chairwoman of the Police Association West Region has said that police special tactics, known as Särskild polistaktik or SPT, should be available across Sweden, to use in demonstrations similar to those during the Easter weekend.

Calls for special police tactics to be available across Sweden

SPT, (Särskild polistaktik), is a tactic where the police work with communication rather than physical measures to reduce the risk of conflicts during events like demonstrations.

Tactics include knowledge about how social movements function and how crowds act, as well as understanding how individuals and groups act in a given situation. Police may attempt to engage in collaboration and trust building, which they are specially trained to do.

Katharina von Sydow, chairwoman of the Police Association West Region, told Swedish Radio P4 West that the concept should exist throughout the country.

“We have nothing to defend ourselves within 10 to 15 metres. We need tools to stop this type of violent riot without doing too much damage,” she said.

SPT is used in the West region, the South region and in Stockholm, which doesn’t cover all the places where the Easter weekend riots took place.

In the wake of the riots, police unions and the police’s chief safety representative had a meeting with the National Police Chief, Anders Tornberg, and demanded an evaluation of the police’s work. Katharina von Sydow now hopes that the tactics will be introduced everywhere.

“This concept must exist throughout the country”, she said.

During the Easter weekend around 200 people were involved in riots after a planned demonstration by anti-Muslim Danish politician Rasmus Paludan and his party Stram Kurs (Hard Line), that included the burning of the Muslim holy book, the Koran.

Police revealed on Friday that at least 104 officers were injured in counter-demonstrations that they say were hijacked by criminal gangs intent on targeting the police. 

Forty people were arrested and police are continuing to investigate the violent riots for which they admitted they were unprepared. 

Paludan’s application for another demonstration this weekend was rejected by police.

In Norway on Saturday, police used tear gas against several people during a Koran-burning demonstration after hundreds of counter-demonstrators clashed with police in the town of Sandefjord.

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