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Police delete Facebook account after viral post

A police posting on Facebook detailing the arrest of a drunken teen received so much attention over the weekend that police chose to deactivate their account.

Police delete Facebook account after viral post

A police officer, from Växjö in southern Sweden, posted a message on Saturday explaining why and how a 16-year-old was arrested after his disorderly behavior.

However, after the post received almost 50,000 likes and thousands of comments, the police decided to shut down their account altogether.

“There is so much traffic and so many comments that we can’t keep it secure,” said Robert Loeffel of the Kronoberg police to the Aftonbladet newspaper

The Facebook post read:

“A little tip for youths: If you’re 16 years old, drunk, and holding a bottle full of liquor in your hand, it’s not especially clever to yell “F&#K THE POLICE” when we walk past.”

The post then suggested that any young people who find themselves in such a situation should “at least be able to run pretty fast”.

The post continued:

“I don’t know what’s more embarrassing for the boy that did this tonight – that he was caught by a fully equipped 40-year-old policeman or that his mother came to pick him up from the police station at three in the morning.”

While commenters labelled the posting as unprofessional, Loeffel was quick to point out that the youth’s identity was never revealed to the estimated 700,000 to 800,000 people who read the message.

“I don’t think the policeman who wrote this has done anything wrong. He has described an everyday event with a touch of humour, and he hasn’t singled out anyone,” he told the paper.

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PROTESTS

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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