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Police teacher warned after 'monkey' comments

The Local/og · 6 Feb 2012, 14:43

Published: 06 Feb 2012 14:43 GMT+01:00

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“Yes, they don’t do anything else in the jungle besides hanging from vines,” witnesses claim the teacher said as he watched the trainee crossing the monkey bars during an obstacle course exercise, according to the complaint filed about the incident with the National Police Board (Rikspolisstyrelsen).

The self-defense instructor allegedly paid particular attention to one man with a foreign background who he repeatedly referred to as ‘from the Amazon’.

The incident took place during a training event in December 2010, and several witnesses testified to hearing the comments.

The teacher, however, denied any recollection of referring to the jungle, yet admitted he may have made the connection with a monkey.

The "monkey" comment was reported along with a number of similar derogatory statements aimed at the same student and allegedly occurred from late 2010 through 2011.

Many of the comments revolved around the student’s abilities in various training exercises, and the teacher often referred to the Amazon during the slurs.

The teacher was first accused of hate crimes, but the police later dropped the investigation, stating that not enough people heard the insults for the case to be classified as a hate crime.

The police have instead issued the teacher with a warning, which the investigation team considers is severe enough considering both the crime and its effect.

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The student was part of a study group from Södermanland, eastern Sweden. The incident occurred at a police academy in Solna north of Stockholm.

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Your comments about this article

16:22 February 6, 2012 by HungarianAmerican1975
Love it! Welcome to communist Sweden, where you're not allowed to speak your mind freely,,,

Oh, how's multiculturalism working for you guys, are you loving it yet?
16:35 February 6, 2012 by Svensksmith
Sounds as if the teacher was jealous of the trainee's athletic ability.
16:48 February 6, 2012 by EP
Speaking your mind and having class and etiquette not to mention culture are two different things, but I guess you HA1975 don't know the difference between these two things ...
17:31 February 6, 2012 by BritVik
Good job this was not in Yorkshire, UK. where it is not uncommon to be called a 'reet monkey' no matter from where you come.
17:32 February 6, 2012 by Brtahan
@hungarianAmerican , well this is not freedom of speech, when you call a person a monkey because of color and background. This is discrimination ! what if you go to a police academy in the US and i guess you are hungarian right, and let us say that most of them are hispanic americans ,blacks americans etc and they call you white TRASH , or you look feminine etc. How would you feel? not that good . So think before you comment !!!
17:53 February 6, 2012 by DAVID T
What's wrong with monkeys? Maybe a pig would have been better?
18:16 February 6, 2012 by zooeden
Wow, seems all coments here are made by animals who need deportation!!!
18:16 February 6, 2012 by axiom
The irony, reading this, is that a Hungarian-American is the direct result of multi-culturalism. Even more so that the user above in #1 chooses to highlight this in his handle.

The United States, and in fact the entire Americas, was built on multi-culturalism and it can't seem to be that bad, hundreds of thousands of people, including Europeans migrate there every year and gladly become part of it, embracing it.

It doesn't require much, just everyone having an equal level of respect and tolerance for each other. If he felt discriminated against, he did the right thing and let civil society be the adjudicator.
19:28 February 6, 2012 by Children Of Adam
The Police officer should be fined and or even fired. There is no place for such a racists in the free country. Calling each other names would not help us to get closer and build divers world.
21:39 February 6, 2012 by Vill
What is the problem here? Last time I opened an evolutionary biology book, the consensus among scientists was that all humans are descendants of apes (monkeys). The Amazon comment was a bit off as humans arose from Africa rather than South America, but hey, nobody's perfect.
22:42 February 6, 2012 by Roy E
So is this to suggest that the next crop of Swedish Cops can be reduced to a whimpering fetal position by merely calling them an unflattering name?
03:33 February 7, 2012 by ctinej
I love Sweden.

If I lived there my children would have been taken away from me. They are fantastic athletes.... Probably because they grew up with NO computer games. They came home from school and climbed trees every day. I often referred to them as little Monkeys. They thought it was funny. Hmmmm blonde monkeys,??? but still enough of a racial berating to have them taken away from this verbally abusive parent.

And the long term consequences of such derogatory language and insinuations.....? they are both top students in the University, top athletes, and my best friends. They have a perfectly great family. Fantastic actually.
13:12 February 7, 2012 by prince T
Thank God that the government have common sense preveialed on this matter. Picking on a particular race to call monkey is not a joke but a direct insult. I can imagine this policeman being sent to the house of an african person. He will definately be biased. the trainer should no longer be in the force.

i can see that there are potential anders brevik on this forum. TL should take note and inform säpo
16:18 February 8, 2012 by BigDogRex
Well, I DID go to a police academy in the US. Right up front, they told us they would call us names (n***ers, f*gs, m-fers, fascists, etc.), get in our faces, and be generally... rude. Especially in defensive tactics. Any aspect of your persona was subject to criticism and ridicule. Why? Because cops deal with the worst of society and are still expected to afford everyone their civil rights without getting bent out of shape over an insult. If you start tearing up because someone called you a bad name, perhaps you should look at a different occupation.
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