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Female cop suspected of assaulting Swedish drunk

A Stockholm policewoman is suspected of assault after a witness filmed her beating a drunken man with a baton and setting her dog on him in a violent attack.

Female cop suspected of assaulting Swedish drunk

The Stockholm District Court said on Wednesday that the woman was suspected of assault or professional misconduct.

In the attack, which occurred in central Stockholm and was caught on camera, the woman is seen hitting a drunken man fourteen times with her baton while her dog snaps at him and bites him. She continually tells the man to "lie down", which he ignores, trying instead to fend off the dog and the woman.

Eventually he lies down bleeding while the police officers pacifies the dog and calls for an ambulance.

The policewoman, who is currently on holiday, will be reassigned when she returns to work, according to DN.

The man who is beaten in the video is also suspected of assault, making illegal threats, causing damages, and drug crimes. He was never detained during the incident, which occurred on a Friday night in mid-July.

The video, which was filmed by a passerby and can be seen on Dagens Nyheter, has awoken strong reactions around Sweden.

"I can only say that this film gives reason to suspect that a crime has been committed by the police," Mats Åhlund of the Swedish National Police Crimes Unit (Riksenheten för polismål) told the paper.

"An investigation must be properly made into what happened before and after, but it's crystal clear that there is a reason to suspect a crime."

While some commentators are outraged by what they believe is unnecessary police violence, others have pointed out that the video begins with the policewoman's attack and does not show what the man did to provoke the officer.

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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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