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Brain-damaged woman held for being 'drunk'

The Local/og · 1 Mar 2012, 14:33

Published: 01 Mar 2012 14:33 GMT+01:00

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The complaint stems from a recent incident when the woman was confused and asked for help in a local shop.

Police were called, however, and the woman was locked up as the police believed she was intoxicated, wrote the local Gefle Dagblad (GD) newspaper.

The woman was forced to remove her clothes and leave all her possessions with the police, including her glasses.

The police claimed at first that she was not the woman on her identification as she did not resemble the picture.

The 40-year-old explained in her report to the Ombudsmen for Justice (JO) that her face changed due to brain damage she suffered in accident and that she has trouble communicating.

She also stated that she attends rehabilitation sessions at Gävle Hospital for people with brain injuries.

Despite her attempts to enlighten the officers about her condition, the woman's pleas were ignored.

Police even called the woman’s voicemail and suggested that the two voices did not match and accused her of using a false identity.

The woman later learned she was also suspected of drug abuse.

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Eventually, the woman was released at three in the morning, with police reportedly driving to the edge of town and dropping her off to fend for herself.

She was later discovered on a bench and was reportedly traumatized by the incident.

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Your comments about this article

15:40 March 1, 2012 by Svensksmith
To protect and to serve.....
15:56 March 1, 2012 by JohnAndersson
The police in Sweden have been abusing the "drug use suspicion catch-all" for far too long, it's time that the laws are changed so that an arbitrary decision can't be made by an officer that you're suspected of drug use and can be arrested/detained for it.

It's well known that this technique is used as a punitive measure by police to people who do not comply, who argue with or just simply aren't liked by officers.

As an officer of the law, one should set an example of ethical compassion, following the law not just literally but also in spirit. Sadly, this is not the way things work in Sweden.

I'm sure things could be worse in other countries - but we are living in Sweden, so let's focus on the things we can change.
16:26 March 1, 2012 by Atlas
The Swedish police...a bunch of thugs under the grace of the law...
16:38 March 1, 2012 by ?????
I guess the real brain-damaged cases here are the policemen, not the poor woman... Are these people still getting paid by my taxes?
16:38 March 1, 2012 by Terri85
poor woman....
17:57 March 1, 2012 by damaros
I know of a similar incident last year and am still hurting every second. Shocked to note that this type of treatment is common in the Force. My sincere sympathies to the poor woman.
17:58 March 1, 2012 by StockholmSam
Make your voices heard! We pay taxes! The police work for US!!

20:52 March 1, 2012 by spo10
so this is why taxes are so damn high, to pay for these so-called people playing "police"!
20:58 March 1, 2012 by tadchem
Sounds to me like the police may have been *trained* in the U.S.
06:26 March 2, 2012 by SimonDMontfort
An interesting image of the Swedish police; maybe they can't catch serious criminals - but 'strut their stuff' by hassling the most defenceless in society
09:50 March 2, 2012 by robban70226

In the USA this will be a lawsuit, police are accountable to their action in court and as a big difference in Sweden people must be personally accountable for their actions in a civil or criminal courts, A little of that may be needed in Sweden, too easy to hide and avoid responsibilities. Somewhere in the middle is the right balance
10:09 March 2, 2012 by Svenny Brogarth
this is just standard world famous Swedish customer service to the max
12:05 March 2, 2012 by engagebrain
dumping her at 3am on the edge of town is a really caring touch
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