No punishment for Swedish cop who called gays a 'cancer on society'
TT/Rebecca Martin · 27 Oct 2011, 16:04
Published: 27 Oct 2011 16:04 GMT+02:00
- Swedish cop: gays a 'cancer on society' (02 Sep 11)
The man has been under internal investigation since an incident in July when he was overheard telling a female recruit that homosexuals are a ”cancer on society” while referring to a lesbian colleague who serves as hate crimes educator within the Skåne police.
“My whole body just froze. I felt like a rat that had been pissed on,” Jeanette Larsson, the hate crimes educator, told Sveriges Television (SVT) at the time.
Larsson, who has worked on the police force for twenty years, had been on her way out of the lunch room back in early July when she overheard a conversation between a male colleague and a female police recruit.
The officer told the recruit he didn't approve of Larsson's lifestyle and made references to the bible.
Larsson said she is one of 15 openly gay women on the Skåne police force and has been educating her colleagues on how to best handle hate crime cases for the past year.
“I felt degraded, dirty and violated and I quickly realised that, ironically enough, I'd been subject to a hate crime.”
However, the investigation could not establish exactly what had been said between the female recruit and the police officer in question.
Therefore police don't feel that they had enough information regarding the man's actions to base any disciplinary measures on.
However, due to the severity of the language used, it was decided that the man's superior officer will have a word with him.