Missing driver ‘probably died on impact’: coroner

Police in northern Sweden came under fire in July after failing to find the dead body of a motorist which lay 17 metres from the crash scene; however coroners have confirmed Tuesday that the man most likely died immediately.

A 19-year-old who died after being thrown out of his car in a crash near Piteå in far northern Sweden died immediately, according to the coroner after an autopsy last week.

This comes in response to allegations that local police were not thorough enough in their investigation, having left the scene without finding the body of the motorist, who was later found dead in a nearby field.

The crash, which occurred in late July, was investigated for one hour by local police, however after finding no blood traces and after a one hour search, police responded to another emergency in the belief that the driver had left the scene himself.

Relatives of the deceased are furious that police couldn’t find the body, believing he may have still been alive while police were present.

“The police have done a bad job. He could have been seen from the road. If they’d just bothered to go a few metres further they would have seen him – I even saw him myself from the road,” the man’s mother told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

The body was not found until 21 hours after the accident, when concerned friends went back to the crash scene to search further.

The police are now being investigated for suspected negligence.

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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.