Top police chief charged for beating teen daughter

One of Sweden’s top chiefs of police has been charged with beating his 14-year-old daughter, after he caught her and her friends drinking during a party, according to a report in daily Aftonbladet.

“He pushed me onto the floor so that I was lying on my side hunched over, and then he let go of my throat and kicked me,” said the girl in the police interrogations, according to the paper.

The man, who denies having beaten his daughter up, caught the girl and her friends drinking alcohol and smoking on the balcony during a party in the family flat.

According to the charge sheet, the man objected to the activities and accused the teenagers of having stolen his liquor.

When the girl left her friends and followed her father into the kitchen, he pushed her over the table and allegedly hit her, took a strangle-hold of her neck and kicked her.

The girl, who reported her father to the police, is supported in her claims by the friends who witnessed the events through the window, reports Aftonbladet.

After this, the man allegedly ripped off his shirt and asked the other teenagers if they fancied a fight.

According to the paper, a neighbor who witnessed what was going on shouted from her balcony that he should leave his daughter alone.

The case has been handled by the National Police-related Crimes Unit (Riksenheten för polismål). The forensic investigation showed that the girl had clear marks of abuse on her chest, legs and arms.

The police chief has admitted in interrogation that he beat the girl, but said that he has had problems with his daughter for a long time and that he was angered when he found the teenagers drinking in his flat.

“My apartment is not a haven for drunkards,” he said in interrogation according to Aftonbladet.

However, the man claims that although he held his daughter down, he never struck or kicked her.

According to the paper, despite several people testifying that the man has a hot temper, he denies this to be the case.

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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.