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Cyclist dies after crashing into police car

A cyclist was killed in a crash with a police car in southern Stockholm late Friday night. At a junction by Nyboda, southern Stockholm, the cyclist careened straight into the side of the patrol car.

“The police car apparently had a green light when the cyclist came from the opposite direction and crashed into the car,” Catharina Nordin, station officer of the southern Stockholm police force, told daily newspaper Aftonbladet.

Despite resuscitation attempts, the man died on the scene of the accident, according to the paper.

The officers in the car are not under suspicion of any crime. They received counseling during the night.

According to reports in Aftonbladet, the officers were not responding to any emergency at the time of the crash and therefore didn’t have their blue lights flashing.

The deceased was not carrying any documents and is yet to be identified. The accident is under investigation, reported the police.

Several people witnessed the crash, and their statements were collected by the police last night.

“We’ve initiated an investigation, and have seized both the car and the bicycle. The police officers will be questioned eventually, but first they’ve got to have crisis counseling,” Nordin told the paper.

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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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