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Cops wait an hour to respond to fatal shooting

TT/Rebecca Martin · 27 Sep 2011, 11:14

Published: 27 Sep 2011 11:14 GMT+02:00

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“That’s right, it took about an hour. We’re looking into it to see what happened,” Carina Lennquist-Johnsson of the Stockholm police confirmed to the Dagens Nyheter (DN) daily.

It was reported last week that the dead body was discovered by a passer-by who alerted the police just before 7am on Tuesday morning. The man saw a car with a smashed-in window and a lifeless body behind the wheel.

But new information suggests that police had received a call an hour previously from a witness who had heard gunfire in the neighbourhood, according to DN.

But despite the report, no patrol car was sent until the second call from the passer-by who saw the smashed up car.

According to police, it is too early to say if this was a bad judgement or if the decision not to respond was brought on by lack of resources.

“We regularly receive reports of bangs and cracks that turn out to be nothing,” Lennquist-Johnsson said to DN.

However, she reiterated that they are looking into the matter to see what happened.

The victim was a 37-year-old Stockholm resident. He was known to the police for minor offences but police have not been able to find connections to any criminal activities that could have brought on his murder.

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There are currently no suspects in the case, neither have the police been able to discover a motive for the killing.

According to professor of criminology Jerzy Sarnecki the delay by the police might prove to have had serious consequences for the victim as well as for the investigation.

“This is very serious. There’s always a possibility that the person would have survived. Also, the police would have had a better chance of solving the crime if they had been on the scene straight away,” he told DN.

TT/Rebecca Martin (news@thelocal.se)

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11:22 September 27, 2011 by Abe L
Clearly to busy with more important matters such as writing out speeding tickets.

Not responding to a shooting call because it usually "turns out to be nothing" is a horrible judgement and the exact attitude that such an entity can not under any circumstances have.
11:35 September 27, 2011 by jacquelinee
"We're looking into it."

Is this catch phrase in the government training manuals?

I will translate this catch phrase for you, just in case you have not figured it out on your own from the elderly abuse response from Maria Larsson the government minister for the elderly, or from the misdiagnosis, malpractice and mutilation of women by wrongful diagnosis of breast cancer and the subsequent unnecessary mastectomies ,by the government officials on healthcare, by the non existent investigations into medical malpractice complaints, or the gross misconduct associated with ambulatory care in Sweden.

"We're looking into it." means "Here is a placebo statement for the public to "buy into" so they think we are actually doing something and will shut up until the story dies down so they will not notice we are doing absolutely NOTHING!"

Yet again.... Welcome to Sweden where the motto is "No accountability and no consequences"
11:38 September 27, 2011 by canuk
the swedish police are more useless then nipples on a man in sweden. a bunch of cowards that will chase a speeder for miles but wont capture a criminal when he or she is known.
11:50 September 27, 2011 by Beavis
Was it Wednesday? Thats waffles day, which cant be interupted for anything as minor as a murder
12:15 September 27, 2011 by Tysknaden
Maybe it happened in one of those parts of Stockholm, which are dangerous for Swedish policemen to enter. Maybe, Swedish policeman do not want to risk their health for a government not protecting Sweden on political level.
12:20 September 27, 2011 by RobinHood
They would have got there earlier, but they were dealing with an illegal hedgehog, and then they had to pop into IKEA to get their guns back.
12:22 September 27, 2011 by eppie
@abe L and canuk

Impossible, swedish police does not write out speeding tickets. Swedish police doesnot get involved with traffic violations at all.

The chance of getting caught while speeding is smaller than in Italy.

So make all the funny comments you want but saying swedish police is writing out speeding tickets is just nonsense.
12:33 September 27, 2011 by Borilla
Training manual calls for mandatory 1 hour wait in order to let the gunman clear the area. Otherwise, you might accidentally encounter him and get shot at yourself. The police are too valuable a commodity to be wasted by exposing them to things like crime. There is an argument that high level murders will bring all their resources out because they get their pictures in the papers and that this leads to solving crimes. I have two words for that theory - Olaf Palme.
12:35 September 27, 2011 by abaraham
May be they forget somthing important in IKEA toilet and went back to collect it MAY BE!
13:25 September 27, 2011 by jacquelinee
Come on now people...be nice. It was probably "Fika" time. Anyone who has lived in Sweden longer than 1 week knows, when it is Fika time, it doesn't matter if your head is on fire, no one is going to have their fika interrupted to help you.
13:31 September 27, 2011 by Rishonim

You are kidding right??. That's the only thing they are good at. Chasing speeding motorist breaking the law by driving 10Kilometres above the limit, doing the routine breathalyzer test or harassing skateboarders. Take E22 between Söderköping and Kalmar and during the stretch you will see at least 50 policeman pulling people over.
13:57 September 27, 2011 by Åskar
And those policemen are not the ones that would go to investigate after someone has reported shooting.
13:58 September 27, 2011 by eppie
Hmm, here in Stockholm you can do practically anything you like in a car, hopping red lights, parking wherever you want etc.

On the A4 from Stockholm southwards you can also drive 20 km above speed limits without chances of being caught.

Maybe it is a question of resources......maybe in Kalmar they have some free time but here in Stockholm police don't have time (or they just don't feel like) to bother with traffic violations.
14:26 September 27, 2011 by soultraveler3
"We regularly receive reports of bangs and cracks that turn out to be nothing," Lennquist-Johnsson said to DN.

Umm...shouldn't they be required to go and check in case it turns out to be something?! It's their job to help the public and to keep them safe.

Jacquelinee is absolutely right though, this stuff happens and goes unpunished in Sweden ALL the time. You literally see multiple cases of it happening almost every week. Nobody cares, they're too busy trying to cover their own butts. It's sick and irresponsible.

Just a few days ago I rang the police because two boys pulled another boy off his bike and started beating the hell out of him in a parking lot across the street. If it had been just a one on one fight I probably wouldn't have called, but the two boys were easily twice the size of the smaller one. The boy being beaten also tried multiple times to get on his bike and ride away.

I yelled at them to stop multiple times before telling them I was calling the police. The biggest boy told me to "gör det." I did, but it took 5 minutes before anyone even answered and was transferred 3 times before anyone actually asked what was wrong. The guy I got was in Stockholm (we're 2 hours away) he was nice, but didn't know the area so when I told him they were in the parking lot of the only church in town he had no idea where that was. I have no idea what the name of the street is but if anyone at the local station wouldn't answered (it's a 2 min walk from the church), it would've been simple. He said he'd try to send someone.

The boys finally stopped after I told them that the police were on their way, but the two hung out there for a good 15 minutes starring up at my apartment before getting bored. The police never showed up.

It wasn't a big deal then but I keep thinking, what if someone had been stabbed, or had a heart attack etc. ? They quite possibly would've died.
14:26 September 27, 2011 by Svensksmith
The guy was already dead. What's the rush?
14:28 September 27, 2011 by andyron2
""That's right, it took about an hour. We're looking into it to see what happened,"

"There are currently no suspects in the case, neither have the police been able to discover a motive for the killing"

"We regularly receive reports of bangs and cracks that turn out to be nothing,"

"This is very serious. There's always a possibility that the person would have survived"

The usual norms of the swedish poice.What else do you expect?

Reach the crime scene in 5mins,figure out the suspect, arrest him, sentence him for few years...All this even in a months time??......In our dreams. Puppy shame.
01:14 September 28, 2011 by jack sprat
Par for the course.

The only wonder is that the guy hadn't had his funeral and been six feet under by the time the Swedish cops got there.

They gotta keep their priorities right, finish off their take-away pizzas and kebabs not to mention their infamous jam tarts, then feed the stray dogs before even considering if it's worth their while bothering.
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