As The Local reported on Thursday, the Swedish officers, who are all in their twenties, were on their way to see a show on Broadway when they heard the operator of the train call for help over the intercom from any police officers who might be on the train.
When Samuel Kvarzell, Erik Näslund, Markus Åsberg and Eric Jansberger got to the front of the train, they saw a homeless man being attacked as passengers looked on. The group managed to restrain the person who was beating him, who was also believed to be homeless, according to the New York Post.
On Friday the four Swedes met with NYPD Police Commissioner William Bratton, who praised their resourcefulness.
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) April 24, 2015
“We are guests of the New York Police until Sunday,” Åsberg told Swedish news wire TT, and added: “We're a bit surprised at all the attention”.
In a video filmed by a New York resident and published on YouTube, the Swedes are heard asking if the suspected culprit is injured, while restraining him.
In the US, where police violence is a hot debate, many have taken to social media to suggest that NYPD should employ Swedish officers in the future.
— Mathew Katz (@MathewKatz) April 23, 2015
The Swedish cops who broke up the NYC subway fight show American police how effective, non-violent policing is done. http://t.co/y1pCSw4u41
— TC (@tchopstl) April 24, 2015