Four Swedish officers in town for vacation effectively subdued two fighting homeless men on an uptown 6 train this past Wednesday.
Swedish officers Samuel Kvarzell, Markus Asberg, Eric Jansberger and Erik Naslund were on their way to see Les Miserables, when they heard a subway driver’s cry for help. A bystander recorded the incident, which shows the officers asking the homeless men if they were okay.
The officers quickly defused the situation by remaining calm and polite. Afterwards, the transient men were taken into custody by the NYPD.
No broken spines. No gunshots. No chokeholds. No “fuck your breath.” Just four men who kept their egos in check to avoid unnecessary escalation.
I know nothing about Swedish policing tactics, but if this is any indication of how Swedish law enforcement is trained, then perhaps NYPD, LAPD, Ferguson PD, and other American police forces should start taking notes.
Apparently, this news is not-so-spectacular back in Sweden, with their boss refusing to even take calls about the situation. Their actions are evident of cultural norms. Which speaks volumes.
I’m sure in Sweden there’s been incidents of police misconduct, but they are nowhere near as trigger happy as American police units. Some statistics note that between 1995 – 2013, there were 18 police-related deaths … or 1 death per year.
There are approximately 20,000 Swedish officers serving in general policing units compared to 34,000 in NYPD alone. Sweden’s population is 9.5 million … NYC, 8 million.
And a significant portion of Swedish law enforcement resources go to prosecuting white collar and financial crimes.
Just some numbers and stuff to think about.
The system of American policing is dysfunctional at best, and virulent at worse. As the freest, greatest, awesomest nation in the world (right?) it appears we’re very backward in how we maintain “law” and “order.”
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