It can’t be easy trying to uphold the law in Sweden these days.
On one hand, you’re routinely harassed by gangs when you enter the “exclusion areas“. It can be simple routine things like spitting, hurled insults and scratched patrol cars to being pelted with rocks or attempts to blind you with green lasers while driving.
While outright attacks like the one in Landskrona last year are rare (a crowd of 50+ thugs had two officers cornered — and the police commander didn’t dare send in backup, fearing “escalation”) the severity and frequency of these incidents increase as the gangs grow larger and ever bolder.
On the other hand, there’s the mainstream media standing by, ready to document the slightest misstep on the officers’ part while simultaneously providing an endless well of excuses and sob-stories for the REAL victims: the gang members. What can you expect from a journalist that in all seriousness argues that store looting is taking a noble stance for “democracy” and wishes she could participate?
Meanwhile, these are also the same journalists that howls the loudest for “accountability” by the police when something bad DOES happen. And since the top layers of the police are now infested with rubber-spined political animals, the only thing a regular street cop can rest entirely certain of is this: No matter what happens, they will be the ones thrown to the wolves.
Well, now it appears the gangs are upping the ante. Blowing up court houses and firing machine guns into police stations isn’t enough. The new trend is to map out the individual officers’ personal information, following them home and scoping out their families in a clear effort to intimidate and discourage serious police work.
Erik Nord, police commander in Gothenburg says he sees a trend where police officers are subject to harassment and persecution.
“There is a trend of harassing cops, following them when they are on their way to and from work, find out their names and where they live. A subtle way to convey unspoken intimidation, with the intention that the police should not be ‘too zealous’ in their work.”
Erik Nord says that reports of such police harassment have been reported in several places lately, but they are more common in some areas.
“Above all, this phenomenon is found in the large city suburbs. When you start mapping out the names and faces of the policemen, you can exercise both threats and harassment. But we are now also seeing it in small towns in Sweden.”
Local newspaper GT reports about 20 incidents of arson and repeated assaults on emergency personnel in Gothenburg over the past few weeks, including an assault on a patrol car by 20 masked thugs. The gangs then celebrated the new year by shooting fireworks directly at police officers, the paper reports (video here).