A dramatic video shows body cam footage of Swedish police being attacked in the no-go Stockholm suburb with Rinkeby and Tensta by residents using rocks and fists against the officers.
The shocking footage which was posted to Youtube shows the police officers engaged with young men in the no-go suburb. Right from the start, the video shows instances of the police having rocks thrown at them, being punched, and having other objects thrown at them by residents of the heavily migrant-populated areas.
The entire almost four-minute video seems to be taken from police body cams and shows multiple instances of officers being attacked by various groups of men. The video was uploaded to YouTube last week and claims to be footage from a Swedish television programme called “Efterlyst” which originally broadcast in October of 2015. English subtitles to the video were added on March 10th.
Halfway through the video, several police are shown at what appears to be a local cafe when several young men enter attempting to cover up their faces from the officer’s camera. One of the youths starts talking to the officer saying, “of course he’s hiding his face if he wants to,” and then explains to the officer, “you are not in charge here.”
Another youth then says to the policeman, “don’t think you are at home here, man.” The situation continues to escalate as a youth wearing a white hoodie starts confronting one of the officers. As the officer with the body cam attempts to remove the youth in white, the situation explodes with shouting and violence.
Once outside the police are accused of causing problems by one of the locals for going into the cafe which the officer denies.
The video shows a glimpse of the experience of Swedish police officers in no-go areas like Rinkeby which saw extensive riots including car burnings and looting last month.
During the riots, a photographer from Swedish paper Dagens Nyheter was attacked and had his camera stolen by several young men. After calling the police for help to take him to a nearby hospital the police told the photographer he would have to make it there on his own because the situation was too dangerous for them.
As a result of the violence and a number of other issues, including their pay, a lot of Swedish police are thinking of quitting the force and many have already. An estimated 80 percent of the police force in Sweden are thinking of changing careers according to one report.
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