Police raid flat to find war game-playing teens

A group of teenagers engaged in a session of the PC combat game Call of Duty found themselves face to face with a unit of armed police on Saturday after passers-by had responded to the noise of gunfire and cries of help.

Police raid flat to find war game-playing teens

Call of Duty is a PC game which simulates a combat situation and when one of the boys’ avatars met a particularly bloody demise, he lay on the floor and screamed “help, help, help” at the top of his voice, according to the local Sydsvenskan daily.

The tumult was heard by passers-by who took the cries seriously and rang the police.

A unit was dispatched and within ten minutes the boys, much to their dismay, where looking down the barrels of hand-guns held by the ten-strong police force.

When one of the teenagers opened the door to the apartment in an apparent bid to explain the mix-up, the police officers screamed at the group to put their hands up.

The boys were then told to leave the premises with their hands on their heads and lie flat on the ground.

The situation was however then cleared up shortly after and the boys could return to the safety of their fantasy world.

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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.