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Bouncers charged for multiple patron beatings

Twelve bouncers from popular Gothenburg nightclubs have been charged for routinely assaulting patrons, sometimes using handcuffs, batons and even allegedly tossing one victim down a flight of stairs.

Bouncers charged for multiple patron beatings
Some of the assaults took place at the Nivå nightclub, pictured here

The accused, which include 11 active duty bouncers and one manager, are facing a number of charges including assault, theft, weapon possession and narcotics offenses.

One of the bouncers is also facing charges of tampering with the legal process, after having allegedly threatened one of his victim’s in order to avoid prosecution.

“If you say a word about this I’ll kill you, you fucking cunt. Don’t you value your life?” the bouncer is reported to have said, according to regional newspaper Göteborgs-Posten (GP).

The bouncers, one of whom is a woman, are suspected of having committed multiple assaults over the past two years, involving handcuffs and batons, attacking nightclub guests at Push and Nivå, two well-known bars located the Avenyn in Gothenburg, one of the city’s main entertainment and shopping streets.

According to the indictment, the bouncers allegedly took guests to a separate room for beatings on several occassions.

In one case, the assault allegedly started outside the bar, where three bouncers forced the guest down to the ground, sat on him, cuffed him, and beat him with batons.

The bouncers then allegedly brought the guest into the bar, took him to a separate room and continued the assault with blows to the face and groin.

The prosecutor also described a case where three bouncers dragged a nightclub guest down a flight of stairs, causing him to hit his head on the stair.

They are then reported to have kicked him and then robbed him of wallet and other valuables.

All twelve accused deny having committed any crime.

Prosecutor Ann-Sofie Prahl told GP she has a long list of witnesses she plan to call to testify in the upcoming trial.

Four of the suspects were remanded in custody for a short time, while another is currently in prison after being convicted for other crimes.

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Sweden breaks yearly record for fatal shootings

A man was shot to death in Kristianstad, Skåne, late on Thursday night. He is the 48th person to be shot dead in Sweden this year, meaning that the previous record for most fatal shootings in one year set in 2020 has now been broken.

Sweden breaks yearly record for fatal shootings

“Unfortunately we can’t say more than that he’s in his twenties and we have no current suspects,” duty officer Mikael Lind told TT newswire.

According to police statistics, this most recent deadly shooting means that 48 people have been shot to death in 2022, meaning that Sweden has broken a new record for deadly shootings per year.

Earlier this week, Sweden’s police chief Anders Thornberg said that this number is likely to rise even higher before the end of the year.

“It looks like we’re going to break the record this year,” he told TT on Tuesday. “That means – if it continues at the same pace – around 60 deadly shootings.”

“If it ends up being such a large increase that would be very unusual,” said Manne Gerell, criminiologist at Malmö University.

“We saw a large increase between 2017 and 2018, and we could see the same now, as we’re on such low figures in Sweden. But it’s still worrying that it’s increasing by so much over such a short time period,” he said.

There also seems to be an upwards trend in the number of shootings overall during 2022. 273 shootings had occured by September 1st this year, compared with 344 for the whole of 2021 and 379 for the whole of 2020.

If shootings continue at this rate for the rest of 2022, it is likely that the total number for the year would be higher than 2021 and 2020. There are, however, fewer injuries.

“The majority of shootings cause no injuries, but this year, mortality has increased substantially,” Gerell explained. “There aren’t more people being shot, but when someone is shot, they’re more likely to die.”

Thursday’s shooting took place in Kristianstad, but it’s only partially true that deadly gun violence is becoming more common in smaller cities.

“It’s moved out somewhat to smaller cities, but we’re overexaggerating that effect,” Gerell said. “We’re forgetting that there have been shootings in other small cities in previous years.”

A report from the Crime Prevention Council (Brå) presented last spring showed that Sweden, when compared with 22 different countries in Europe, was the only one with an upwards trend for deadly shootings.

Temporary increases can be seen during some years in a few countries, but there were no countries which showed such a clear increase as Sweden has seen for multiple years in a row, according to Brå.

The Swedish upwards trend for deadly gun violence began in the beginning of the 2000s, but the trend took off in 2013 and has continued to increase since.

Eight of ten deadly shootings take place in criminal environments, the study showed. The Swedish increase has taken place in principle only among the 20-29 year old age group.

When police chief Anders Thornberg was asked how the trend can be broken, he said that new recruitments are one of the most important factors.

“The most important thing is to break recruitment, make sure we can listen encrypted and that we can get to the profits of crime in a better way,” he said.

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