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Police car caught in Stockholm street race

A police car has been caught on film participating in what appears to be a street race in southern Stockholm.

Police car caught in Stockholm street race

The film, published by the Expressen newspaper, shows a police car pulling up alongside another vehicle and amid a group of spectators at Jordbrolänken, on a 640 metre stretch of road roughly 20 kilometres south of central Stockholm.

Upon a signal given by a man standing in front of the two vehicles, both cars then accelerate into the distance to the cheers of the crowd.

The incident occurred late on a Saturday night two weeks ago.

Local police have come under fire since the news was revealed on Sunday, as the area where the race occurred has been notorious for street races in the past. Two people were killed on Saturday night in an accident along the stretch.

Police officers were not impressed to learn of the footage.

“You can hardly believe it’s true,” Gabriella Åslund of the Stockholm police told the TT news agency.

“It sounds unbelievable. Our task is to put a stop to such incidents.”

The police car involved in the race was not reported stolen, and is believed to have been driven by the officer on duty.

However, other officers have downplayed the incident.

“I don’t see that any crime has been committed. I see two cars driving away,” Christian Agdur, head of the Södertörn police, told the paper.

“I have asked my staff to find out who is in the car and then have ordered for their boss to have a word with them,” he added.

Another patrol showed up later in the evening and broke up the races, according to Expressen.

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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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