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Cop fined for unlawful arrest of 'cocky' man

2 Apr 2012, 08:11

Published: 02 Apr 2012 08:11 GMT+02:00

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The convicted officer was fined 8,000 kronor ($1,200) for his role in placing Ibrahim Assali, 41, in a police van and later leaving him near the Kaknäs Tower outside of Stockholm.

Another officer charged in connection with the incident, which took place in June 2011, was acquitted as he was not seen as having been responsible for the actual decision to remove Assali.

While he welcomed the conviction, Assali isn't happy with the sentence handed down by the Stockholm District Court.

"The sentence is too mild," he told the Metro newspaper.

"I'm going to appeal this. I want them to lose their jobs."

Assali's nightmare began when a police van pulled up behind him as he was leaving an eatery in central Stockholm last summer.

Two officers began interrogating him, prompting Assali to respond "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, they nevertheless forced Assali into 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 Aftonbladet newspaper.

While all six officers involved in the incident were investigated, only two were ultimately charged for their role in Assali's removal.

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According to the court, the officers lacked sufficient reason to detain and remove Assali, who wasn't under the influence of drugs or alcohol and was simply on his way home, despite police reports describing his behaviour as "cocky" and a potential threat to public order.

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09:26 April 2, 2012 by Happy Expat
Sounds just like England
09:34 April 2, 2012 by occassional
"The sentence is too mild," he told the Metro newspaper.

"I'm going to appeal this. I want them to lose their jobs."

He doesn't sound cocky, does he now?
10:36 April 2, 2012 by Brock_and_Roll
Brits of my generation will smile as this case mirrors the grounbreaking "Winston Cadogo" comedy sketch by Not The 9'O'clock News back in the 1980's hinting at inbuilt racism within the police. Cadogo's offences included:

"Walking on the cracks in the paving stones"

"Looking at me in a funny way"

"Wearing a loud shirt in a built up area"

"Being in possession of an offensive wife"
10:38 April 2, 2012 by Cephalectomy
cocky or not some cops should really stop hating people just like that, it's good he took this up. the important is not the fine but the deed in itself. great also that sweden follows such stuff and tries to make it just
11:09 April 2, 2012 by gpafledthis
Kant take a joke can he ?? In US we have DWB(driving while black) try it - you'll like it !!
11:41 April 2, 2012 by johan rebel
The cops made the mistake of not driving far enough, like to Jeddah
12:24 April 2, 2012 by libertarianism
Probably the same cop who made spiderhen push the pink pram.

12:32 April 2, 2012 by babashki
In the original story you wrote a few months ago, didnt you write the police officers in charge where female? You asked about the bus card etc
12:49 April 2, 2012 by flintis
Lucky he was in Sweden, in some eastern countries he would not have been seen again for disrespecting a police officer.
14:52 April 2, 2012 by JohnAndersson
Finally the police are punished for their inability to follow the rule of law.

I just hope it sends a message to other police to stop abusing their trust and power.

Totally agree that the sentence is way too mild, though.
16:31 April 2, 2012 by strixy
Cowards. Instead of taking your frustration on average people maybe start doing something about the wave of crime in Sweden, eh? Sweden has been officially named the rape capital of Europe, I guess the Swedish police's 'skills' may have something to do with that.
16:46 April 2, 2012 by foxpur
To give you some interesting police reaction...

I walk with a cane, and pretty slowly sometimes, and my balance is kind of... unstable.

I was about to cross a street and I tripped on my own cane, the man crossing next to me quickly grabbed me and rebalanced me (and many thanks for that). The police standing nearby grabbed us both from behind (making me fall over the curb) saying we need to stop... Him they stopped for "pushing" me into the road and me for being drunk and a danger to the public.

Ok, I had a Stroke people, my right side is not exactly at it's best, and I don't drink alcohol because it messes with my medication. I am NOT going to be drunk. And the guy that hekped me, they had handcuffs on him. I had to spend 20 minutes convincing them I was not drunk and another 15 that the guy who helped me didn't push me. Add to that the only time I fell was when the police caused it.

Swedish Police observation skills leave much to be desired.
17:10 April 2, 2012 by strixy

I sncerely hope you were just unfortunate because if this is how the majority of officers are then you Swedes are totally scr... .!

Btw, sorry to hear about your condition x
18:22 April 2, 2012 by foxpur
The police, on one hand, WERE just trying to help me againt being pushed by a stranger, I can see how it looked.

... on the other, they jumped to unfounded conclusions of the situation (recklessly too).

The word "overkill" comes to mind.

As for me, effects from a near fatal Stroke are a pain, but I CAN limp to my destinations, and talk, and think, and I am (reasonably) clear in my ideas, and alive... so considering the alternative I'm not complaining. ;)
19:55 April 2, 2012 by Max Reaver
These cops are idiots, period.

BTW, I meant most cops are idiots, period.
20:29 April 2, 2012 by zooeden
Smells like fried Bacon. Stupid police!
21:31 April 3, 2012 by DAVID T
Cocky little T**t with no respect for the police
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