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Man jailed after throwing baby at police

A man has been sentenced to 15 months in prison after he threw his nine-month-old infant at a policeman.

Man jailed after throwing baby at police

Officers were about to arrest the 42-year-old man in a garage in southern Sweden when he threw his own son at an approaching policeman.

“The child went in a loop in the air,” one of the officers said during an interrogation, according to the Metro newspaper.

As luck would have it, the alert officer managed to grab hold of the child’s leg mid-air, preventing the infant from hitting the pavement with only centimetres to spare.

Previously, the Ystad District Court had thrown out one of the charges against the 42-year-old, but the court of appeal overruled the lower court, finding there was a significant risk that the baby could have hit the floor and been seriously injured.

Following the appeals court ruling, the man’s sentence was increased from 12 to 15 months in prison for endangering his child’s life. The court also upheld his previous convictions for abusing his girlfriend and several of their children.

The 42-year-old had previously left Sweden after the initial court ruling, but was arrested in mid-December and extradited in accordance with a European arrest warrant.

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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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