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Cops charged for removal of 'cocky' man

Joel Linde · 31 Dec 2011, 14:22

Published: 31 Dec 2011 14:22 GMT+01:00

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The charges stem from an incident in June as Ibrahim Assali, 41, was leaving an eatery in central Stockholm, when suddenly a police van pulled up behind him, the Aftonbladet newspaper reported.

The two police officers who stepped out of the van asked him a number of questions, which Assali answered with "no comment".

Assali responded "sarcastically" when asked if he was carrying any sharp objects, telling police he had "tons".

Even though police didn't find anything illegal in his possession after frisking him, they forced Assali in the van and removed him from the area.

"They told me they would drive me home. One of them asked if I had a bus card. When I said I didn't she just smiled and drove off," Assali told the newspaper.

The officers drove Assali to the Kaknäs Tower outside of Stockholm and left him there, five kilometres from his home.

Now the two officers have been charged with deprivation of liberty with an alternative charge of professional misconduct.

"It is the way we've been trained," one of the officers during questioning, adding that the radio-and-TV tower outside downtown Stockholm is generally known among police officers as a good spot to drop troublesome people.

Benny Henriksen, officer in command at the station, didn't want to comment on the officers' claims that they were following standard procedures, but told

Aftonbladet that they have the right to remove people from an area, and that it would be pointless to drop someone off close to the site.

Four police cadets also participated in removing the man, but won't be reported since the other two were in charge of the operation.

Both of them, 27 and 31 years old respectively, claim their actions were appropriate and that the man was removed because he was "cocky" and that he posed a potential danger to public order.

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Assali is happy to see the two officers are now being charged, however, disputing claims that he was aggressive at the time of the incident.

"That's bullshit," he said.

"Why would I report them if I acted as terribly as they said I did. This is abuse of power. I feel damn violated and mistreated. Had I been blond with blue eyes they wouldn't have done this."

Joel Linde (news@thelocal.se)

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15:22 December 31, 2011 by StockholmSam
I get the feeling we are not hearing the whole story. Why did the cops decide to target this guy in the first place? What happened in the restaurant? If it was simply a matter of profiling, then the cops should be taken down a notch or two. If no crime is committed then they should not be allowed to determine what threatens "public order" and what doesn't. Otherwise, they will be entitled to remove people peacefully protesting government/police actions.
16:12 December 31, 2011 by riose
@StockholmSam #1

A similar story happened to me, in Medis.

The reason, a security guard asked us to move away from the front of a club. We refused -we were on the street- and he called a couple of policemen that were walking around. He lied saying that we created trouble (and we were sober, going to dinner, before going out).

The police also asked us to "go somewhere else", not in a nice way, and I refused. One of them threatened me with getting me in the car. I told him that I was going handcuffed or that I will not go anywhere. I remember saying "This is not Driving Miss Daisy".

As they do it every week, it looks normal to them, when it is not.

Policemen forget they are there to serve an protect, in that order.
16:29 December 31, 2011 by jostein
16:12 December 31, 2011 by riose

"The police also asked us to "go somewhere else", not in a nice way, and I refused. "

And right there you lost any sympathy. When the police tell you to move, you move? Simple, no?
16:37 December 31, 2011 by canuk
the police in sweden are more useless then using a pinecone to wipe your behind. honestly the worst force to protect the public in the civilized world. i would not trust them to deliver a package for me let alone protect me from naysayers
17:53 December 31, 2011 by shard

"When the police tell you to move, you move? Simple, no?"

right there, you lost your credibility.

nope, not simple, unless you wish to live in a police state. if one has not committed any crime, then it is a citizen's right, and some might say duty, to stop so-called representatives of the law from believing they possess powers they do not.

Perhaps in your breivikesque jackbooted utopian ideal, your response passes for normal. Not I'm afraid, in the modern society that is sweden.

How are citizens supposed to respect the law if those who are supposed to uphold it, abuse it?


if what you said happened went down exactly as you described, then bravo.
17:56 December 31, 2011 by planethero
he has a point
18:12 December 31, 2011 by Horace
sounds like hate crime to me...
18:43 December 31, 2011 by SimonDMontfort
Naahh - its all wrong: the original 'charges' were that this guy was 'loitering with intent to use a pedestrian crossing'

Swedish police racisr? Never. Lol!
19:01 December 31, 2011 by prince T
They can use 10 cars to arrest just one drunkard. when it comes to real crime you will certainly find them wanting.

Police supposed to be our friends working in our own best interest and not abusing power to harrass us. they are our servants.

@simondmonfort -swedish police are racists. they dont think twice before stopping immigrant drivers. I have to be sure that my immigrant friends have all their papers in place before i could ride with them in a car.
21:30 December 31, 2011 by riose

I don't think it is racism, I think that the people that see the police do that since they are kids they think it is normal, while we don't.

@jostein If the police asks me to move, I might, If they tell me to move, they better give a valid reason.

This is not DPKR.
23:13 December 31, 2011 by Observant
When the Police only accept persons over the age of 35 years for recruitment then the maturity and understanding of the Police will be 100% better.

As it is at the moment there are far too many young children dressed us in police uniform and given all the power they want to do ANYTHING they want WHENEVER they want and TO WHOM EVER they want.

The Police in Sweden today is just one load of garbage
23:42 December 31, 2011 by Svensksmith
Funny, in all my years I've never had a problem with the police. If they are respectful to me (which they always have been) then I am respectful back.
00:37 January 1, 2012 by procrustes
The only interaction I've had with Swedish police was went my car was stolen and I found them to be quite professional.
02:23 January 1, 2012 by muscle
'Assali responded "sarcastically" when asked if he was carrying any sharp objects, telling police he had "tons".'

why the hell was he playing in the first place with the police? :S if he wanted to have fun, fine the police too decided "two can play the game"
02:42 January 1, 2012 by jostein
#10 riose

Well, my reaction, if the police tell me to move, is to just assume they have a valid reason. And do as they say. I dare say this is the natural reacion of most swedes ive known in my life.

This makes the police job easier and more efficient. And it spares me trips to kaknästornet. Also, mayybe it chips in to make the police less suspicious and more curteus to people that looks like me? They are only human you know? And they have a really hard job to do.
05:12 January 1, 2012 by Exiled
Innocent until proven guilty?
06:43 January 1, 2012 by Munir Ahmed
Hilarious how White Swedes act surprised and say, "That's strange, I've never had problem with police."
06:50 January 1, 2012 by Jorrs
Why where you sarcastic when they asked if you were carrying any sharp objects? thats really stupid ?

Most people have no problems with the Police.
09:42 January 1, 2012 by jostein
#17 Munir Ahmed

Funnily the same goes for east asian people? Such a coincidence, neh? How can we make this strange riddle make sense?
10:23 January 1, 2012 by HYBRED
I don't see what the problem is other than Assali is a whinner. You would be hard pressed to find a cop on this planet that doesn't screw back when screwed with, no matter what race. A snotty white kid would get the same treatment.
11:05 January 1, 2012 by Kevin Harris
If someone has committed a crime, you arrest him/her, and process him/her in the proper way. If you bundle them off to some place out of town and leave them there, you are indeed "depriving them of their liberty". Guilty of a serious crime and extremely unprofessional!

If this a regular occurance amongst Swedish police, then every one of the perepetrators should be charged and sacked if guilty.
11:19 January 1, 2012 by summerboy
@jostein and @HYBRED I think u guys got it right. I am an immigrant myself. Swedish police are not racist at all! My advice to this Assali guy and to others 'don't be rude when under questioning with police the world over' they will f--k u up period. Where I come from they will beat u and no give a damn!! When police in Sweden say 'move' move and don't be disobidient. If u have good reason why u are there in the first place politely tell them so. They are human beings and do listen to sense of reason. Don't be an a$$.
13:20 January 1, 2012 by RobinHood
It is against the law to pick people up off the streets (even "cocky" people or immigrants) and abandon them out of town.

Policemen in Sweden are supposed to follow the law - all the time, and to a very high standard. This sort of behaviour may be acceptable where you come from Summerboy, but it is not acceptable in Sweden.
13:45 January 1, 2012 by Svensksmith
#17 Munir Ahmed

It's not my ethnicity that keeps me out of trouble with the police, it's my behavior.
15:07 January 1, 2012 by shard
two quotations to sear into your minds;

First they came for the communists,

and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists,

and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews,

and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew.

Then they came for me

and there was no one left to speak out for me.

if you tolerate this, then your children will be next
18:57 January 1, 2012 by riose
@jostein #15 I see your point, but the police has no right to violate my rights to make his job easier.

If their job is hard because they have to respect peoples rights, they should ask for a pay rise, and they should get it.

Nobody, EVER, shall be criticized for exercising a right. You can criticize the right, but not the person.
19:25 January 1, 2012 by jostein
#26 riose

Ill cede you have a formal point. But lets just remember the primary function of the police is to maintain the monopoly of violence. And to maintain public order. Any other function than that comes way way down the prioritylist since if they fail in those two jobs the world becomes filled with violence and cruelty. The way sweden is falling apart right now i understand the police find it hard to cope. And we dont seen nothin yet.

Thanx to summerboy for chipping in. Chipping is important.
21:01 January 1, 2012 by kinan
Pure racism !! a broken rotten system !
23:16 January 1, 2012 by nar klockan klamtar
No matter which country you are in, even gentle, kind, generous, Sweden, if you foolishly mess gratuitously and ungratefully with the police then you are being foolish . Lucky to return from a little trip unharmed to be able to squawk about it, in many countries would never have been seen again for being just a little bit cheeky.
23:38 January 1, 2012 by h2m
# 17 munir

you have grown up in Ethiopian police state one man show where party gets 99.9% of all votes counted. I wonder how you can comment on people friendly police. Just call the journalist Munir terrorists as you always like to portray the dissidents
23:44 January 1, 2012 by Aussie Sven
Good old fashioned policing to me and I'd like to see alot more of it. Especially in Lysekil.
05:56 January 2, 2012 by willowsdad
So, in Sweden it's a crime to be "cocky" or "sarcastic"????
08:00 January 2, 2012 by summerboy
@Robinhood I can see that u are bitter about my comment! I think u misunderstood me, I'm in no way supporting illegal behaviour from the police. Everybody in the forum keep talking about the right of the people...what about the right of the police to maintain law and order!! Crime increase in places like Rosengård in malmö and in Göteborg is enough evidence that police need to do more before the whole country is overrun with criminals.
09:50 January 2, 2012 by stupr
@ willowsdad

I don't think so - but if the police ask you if you are carrying any sharp objects you shouldn't respond with the word "tons". It doesn't matter if you are being sarcastic or not.
12:46 January 2, 2012 by gplusa
Ibrahim managed to annoy me after 30 seconds of reading. You'd think he was 14, not 41. Time to grow the f*** up, fella. Some people just plain deserve a good slapping. Well done those cops.
02:04 January 3, 2012 by Migga
It`s disturbing to see a grown man at the age of 41 act the way that this person did. He lied to the police and then he disturbed the public order. The police didn`t arrest him, they let him off easy by giving him a chance to walk it off.

The only reason the cops were charged is becuase the man played the race card and Sweden being as political correct as it is found them guilty. It`s sickening.
07:17 January 3, 2012 by ericrufinosiah
it's plain provocating the Policemen other than that I cant see any sign of the Policemen abusing their Authority,please don't encourage provocations and made

the Policemen look stupid and amusing in the eyes of the Swedish Public.If the

Public misbehave the Police should take action against them and should there be abusing of authority then the complanaint or the victim can always engage a

lawyer .
09:19 January 3, 2012 by gplusa
While I'm sure he thought it was a great idea at the time, it sounds like the publicity he was clearly seeking may have killed off the svart pengar taxi service that he advertises on-line. Careful what you wish for is the motto here.
23:59 January 3, 2012 by Coalbanks
The old "fresh-air" or "starlight" tour. Less paperwork but a problem if the "guest" dies of exposure.
15:13 January 4, 2012 by willowsdad
Stupr: it seems to me that it's pretty obvious that someone who actually was carrying sharp objects would not respond by saying "tons". I would police officers to be smart enough to know this. I don't imagine for a minute that these officers actually thought there was any real danger; they just "didn't like his attitude" and exploited their position.
15:19 January 5, 2012 by Bolinb
I do not understand... Is it not a crime to lie to police? Is it not against the law to refuse to obey an order given by a Police officer in the execution of his job? these people think it is cool and tough to tell police to P#ss off and to talk to them as if they are dirt. But for the most they are just people doing a difficult job. They arrive some where and must make decisions on truth and safety based on 1 or 2 people saying this and that..... Perhaps Mr Assali's attitude gave them just cause to mistrust him and decide that it is better for the rest of the local public for this man to leave the area. Perhaps it was not a good thing to do, but they would not do this to someone that responded with honesty and respect for their position. So Mr Assali (Hope I spelt that right) Perhaps a bit more tolerance from you would also reduce the so-called rasist attitude you experienced.
15:17 January 6, 2012 by bells on the knight
racism lol. you go to the arab gulf, subcontinent, asia etc well pretty much anywhere in the world and pull a stunt like this on the coppers you'd be lucky to get away from prison let alone driven a few km away from the scene.
17:18 January 8, 2012 by willowsdad
Bolinb: I'm curious: are Swedish police allowed to lie to suspects? US police are and there are several famous cases of people wrongfully confessing and spending years in jail for something they didn't do after being told lies by police looking to make a conviction. It seems to me that if it's OK for them to lie, it's OK for anyone else to lie. They are supposed to be examples, after all.
17:41 January 11, 2012 by lilsocks
06:43 January 1, 2012 by Munir Ahmed

Hilarious how White Swedes act surprised and say, "That's strange, I've never had problem with police."

Interesting because I am of African decent and have never had a problem with the police, maybe because I work, pay taxes, don't cause trouble and try to be polite as possible to everyone I meet....

The really funny thing about all this is how 'some' immigrants don't get their own way so call the racism card, it's sad and pathetic, stop acting like a dick and people won't treat you like one.
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