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Stockholm police end 'racial profiling' push

8 Mar 2013, 15:45

Published: 08 Mar 2013 15:45 GMT+01:00

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Centre Party MP Johan Hedin said last month that the push was "not only a crime against good taste, but also against the law and should stop immediately".

Even though the police push was later found to be legal, officers decided to put a stop to the project on Friday.

They said that what was essentially a small part of the police's work was being subjected to too much public scrutiny to be considered worthwhile.

The project entitled Reva, which stands for Rättssäkert och effektivt verkställighetsarbete ('Legal and effective execution of policy'), saw officers allegedly targeting "foreign-looking" commuters on Stockholm's underground railway lines.

Reva was blasted by politicians and immigrants' rights activists alike who claimed officers were racially profiling.

Furthermore, nine out of ten people that police questioned turned out to have the right to live in Sweden.

Reacting to the presence of police in the Stockholm metro system, activists took to social media sites Twitter and Facebook to warn other commuters and map out where the officers were performing checks.

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16:41 March 8, 2013 by allnotmoney
Home is not a home anymore when you have being reminded everytime that you look diffrent,even if you have swedish passport you will loose hope in the entire system and the country,is good if this can be stop
17:05 March 8, 2013 by TG22
A sad day for Sweden... The politically correct enforcement lobby wins again at the expenses of the good people of Sweden...
17:12 March 8, 2013 by flyintiger
Shocking! What a bunch of pathetic spineless!
17:37 March 8, 2013 by RobinHood
It seems that about one in ten, non-European passengers on the Stockholm metro is an illegal immigrant. There is clearly a very serious problem that has been allowed to get out of control.

I'm sure we all hope the police round them up, by legitimate means, as soon as possible.

That way legitimate residents such as Allnotmoney can go about his/her business without suspicion and interference.
19:20 March 8, 2013 by G Kin
I do not look like a "swede" but my tax kronors, at least in part, pay for police to be out on the streets. Yet I should be s target for ID checks. Great!!!
20:02 March 8, 2013 by Enjoyourlife
@#4 you sound as if police can round up all the illigal immigrants. There is no country without illigal immigrants. While it is ok to reduce the number, the police should stop racial profiling. It is sad when police are racist.
22:46 March 8, 2013 by TG22
This is not racial profile but description of the suspect...
23:45 March 8, 2013 by occassional
Illegal immigrants are hardly going to be and look like locals now are they.
23:51 March 8, 2013 by John Redux
In God's name, who is electing these brainless leftists who attack any plan to rid the nation of third world immigrants, and catch the illegal ones walking around? I can only imagine the far-left, communist, internationalists pouring money into their election campaigns to keep these people in power. The majority in Scandinavian nations (and Europe) do not want any more immigration...especially from outside or Europe, and especially Muslims. So, how are these people getting elected?! If I visited a foreign nation, I would understand that the police have a RIGHT to ask me for my papers to make sure that I am there legally. Since when does "don't hurt my feelings" trump protection of one's borders? The Swedish people better wake up QUICK, and deport these third-world immigrants (legal and illegal) back to their homelands, before they permanently destory the nation. That is, after all, the whole intent behind immigration...to destroy the white stock that lives there. And that IS what they will do if allowed to continue.
00:43 March 9, 2013 by Kronaboy
Glad to see common sense has taken a hold before irreparable damage between police and young minorities is allowed to fester, bravo Stockholm police :)
01:05 March 9, 2013 by MikeKams
I am so disgusted by many racist comments here. Luckily most of you are not even Swede. Germany have very racist policies when coming to passport control. As far as i know they still have a lot of illegal immigrants.

The police asking not only non-European looking people passport is not racist? And why the selection is based on look? Why racist people always try to find stupid excuses. I know a lot of non-European looking guys who are legal in Sweden, and I am sure, they are not impressed with this recent Reva policies.

Bravo to the Swedish politicians for this brave move.
05:39 March 9, 2013 by prince T
Thank God common sense prevailed. We do not to be angry wwith sweden, it is only here that legal to wear nazi dress. Nazi is d gene of some jobless internets coward racists. They do not paay tax but want those that pay to be deported. @reduixxx. This is sweden in western europe. They ask for pappers at the point of entry not at bus or train station. We are not in apartied. Are u from those apartied country
06:52 March 9, 2013 by EmployedProfessional
This is so embarassing on the world stage...

A few SD pukes get a seat in government and this happens?

Friends in other parts of the world are asking me about this,what should I tell them about the country that I otherwise stand so strongly behind?
13:28 March 9, 2013 by trepte
I would never understand from where comes such hatred against another human being !!! Is there a lack of self confidence at an individual level ? Does this anti-non-european look behavior gives a feeling of self esteem for those who embrace this abnormal concept ? As a society who consider itself a little above others it will be much more constructive to get out from the '80 thinking, to learn to communicate with others more clear and concise. I noticed a huge lack of communication level in Sweden between peoples. I heard that stereotype that Swedes are shy....no, I believe they don't know to communicate which each other and they do not make never the first step in knowing other people, customs, way of thinking...which is so dissapointing !
14:24 March 9, 2013 by EmployedProfessional
All true trepte!

I know how this sounds but,I know plenty of fair-skinned illegals from European countries who are here for work or asylum of some kind,clearly,they are not on the menu in these sweeps, seems to be all about people of color.

It's just plain racist!

Even a blind person can see that!

I wish they had stopped me!

I would drag this all through the press and put a face on it!

Sweden need look no further than recent history of witch hunts to see how this crap usually ends up reflecting on the country's history.

It's not enough to have an advanced degree in history,you actually need to UNDERSTAND IT!!!
14:27 March 9, 2013 by Rishonim
The world is watching and taking notes of what Sweden is doing to its non-Swedish looking citizen's. What's even more scary is that we find people who are blinded by hatred that believe the authoritarian assault the Swedish government conducted on its coloured citizen's is justified. Milgram hypothesis comes to mind.
14:48 March 9, 2013 by EmployedProfessional
I really hope that Sweden lives up to it's said values and gets a grip before this goes beyond the too far it already has!
16:21 March 9, 2013 by Max Reaver
Judging from the comments above, TG22 is a pure-blood racist who would've voted for Hitler in Nazi Germany. And John Redux is borderline clueless with the " far-left, communist, internationalists pouring money into their election campaigns".
16:34 March 9, 2013 by Kronaboy

To be fair the Swedish Government has reacted fairly quickly, it took weeks of rioting before Thatcher finally abandoned SUS.
11:09 March 10, 2013 by Khazara
How do you profile a foreigner / illegals? Hmmm!

Are illegals non-white people who are not wearing stylish clothes?O are they people who have different mannerisms?

I am in no way surprised by this behavior by white people in Sweden. If you are stupid enough to buy into the Swedes altruistic "act" as a non-"white" then you are a fool.
12:44 March 10, 2013 by EmployedProfessional
Point well taken Khazara.

What a shame for the UK,a place as diversified as NYC has been for ages.

Still,this is a conversation we shouldn't have to have in Sweden.

We should be talking about how we could more properly intergrate the people already here!
13:09 March 10, 2013 by Kronaboy

Integration part is easy, the government has to simply start to implement the numerous race, equality and competition Directives and start real economic inclusion rather than giving lip service.
18:30 March 10, 2013 by EmployedProfessional
seems that's always the missing part of the puzzle Kronaboy...

in these "nationalistic" and economically tough times,it's that much harder to get governments and the people to buy in.
15:05 March 12, 2013 by sadebamwen d a g
Now that the police have decided officially to stop the checking, the government should focus on what to actually do with these group of immigrants.i do not think that these people delibrately wants to be illegal, so lets call a spade a spade, if they are crime free, are they not supposed to be LEGAL ??? Lets reason with one heart ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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