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Swedish cop sacked and fined for flashing staff

A police chief in southern Sweden found guilty of sexually molesting several women, after he allegedly exposed himself to them and touched their breasts, at a police station in Malmö has lost his job and will be forced to pay a hefty fine.

Swedish cop sacked and fined for flashing staff

The charges are based on testimony given by eight women employed at the station as cleaners.

Three of the women alleged that the officer touched their breasts on several different occasions, sometimes in connection with other close bodily contact that they claimed “violated their sexual integrity”.

All the women testified that the man has been overly tactile, that he massaged their shoulders and touched them in an inappropriate way.

The officer was also found guilty of showing himself naked to the cleaners in the station showers in a premeditated way. He allegedly always chose a cubicle without a door, stood at the hand basin naked while shaving, and sometimes walked naked to the toilets.

According to the paper, the officer agreed he sometimes did this but claims that it is the cleaners’ own fault for turning up at the premises before the stipulated cleaning times, which was 8am.

The man also claims that the whole thing is a set-up instigated by his ex-wife and a female colleague, who were in cahoots, and had managed to get other women to report him.

Some of the man’s colleagues have testified that he did usually do his nude shower routine before 8am, but the court found the cleaners’ testimony more credible.

The man’s theories regarding his ex-wife and colleagues were seen as fabrication.

The man will now have to pay a fine of 7,500 kronor ($1,107) as well as losing his employment.

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Calls for special police tactics to be available across Sweden

The chairwoman of the Police Association West Region has said that police special tactics, known as Särskild polistaktik or SPT, should be available across Sweden, to use in demonstrations similar to those during the Easter weekend.

Calls for special police tactics to be available across Sweden

SPT, (Särskild polistaktik), is a tactic where the police work with communication rather than physical measures to reduce the risk of conflicts during events like demonstrations.

Tactics include knowledge about how social movements function and how crowds act, as well as understanding how individuals and groups act in a given situation. Police may attempt to engage in collaboration and trust building, which they are specially trained to do.

Katharina von Sydow, chairwoman of the Police Association West Region, told Swedish Radio P4 West that the concept should exist throughout the country.

“We have nothing to defend ourselves within 10 to 15 metres. We need tools to stop this type of violent riot without doing too much damage,” she said.

SPT is used in the West region, the South region and in Stockholm, which doesn’t cover all the places where the Easter weekend riots took place.

In the wake of the riots, police unions and the police’s chief safety representative had a meeting with the National Police Chief, Anders Tornberg, and demanded an evaluation of the police’s work. Katharina von Sydow now hopes that the tactics will be introduced everywhere.

“This concept must exist throughout the country”, she said.

During the Easter weekend around 200 people were involved in riots after a planned demonstration by anti-Muslim Danish politician Rasmus Paludan and his party Stram Kurs (Hard Line), that included the burning of the Muslim holy book, the Koran.

Police revealed on Friday that at least 104 officers were injured in counter-demonstrations that they say were hijacked by criminal gangs intent on targeting the police. 

Forty people were arrested and police are continuing to investigate the violent riots for which they admitted they were unprepared. 

Paludan’s application for another demonstration this weekend was rejected by police.

In Norway on Saturday, police used tear gas against several people during a Koran-burning demonstration after hundreds of counter-demonstrators clashed with police in the town of Sandefjord.

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