Every day in America police assault, injury and kill people who do not pose a threat to them.
“The increase in police brutality in the U.S. is a frightening reality. In the last decade alone the number of people murdered by police has reached 5,000. While the number of soldiers killed since the inception of the Iraq war is 4,489,” The Yucatan Times reported last year.
According to Department of Justice statistics, police violence and corruption is now systemic. A DOJ report released in the wake of Ferguson found in addition to growing violence, police engaged in illegal searches, unlawful arrests, beatings, unwarranted imprisonment, failure to credit prisoners for time served, and the use of police dogs as weapons against the public.
“America’s police shoot a lot more people per capita than police in other nations. Quite a few die in situations where the police were not at risk: the victim had no gun, or was even unarmed — often with many police present,” notes the Fabius Maximus website.
Four Swedish police officers recently demonstrated the proper way to handle violence.
— DNAinfo.com New York (@DNAinfo) April 23, 2015
The officers were in New York as tourists and headed to see Les Miserables on a northbound 6 train at the Bleecker Street stop when they encountered two men brawling in an adjacent train car.
“They were lying on the floor, one on top of the other,” Makrus Åsberg told DNAInfo.
“We got to make sure that nobody gets hurt,” he said. “Try to calm them down without hurting them.”
The Swedish cops wrestled a guy to the floor and pinned him down until the NYPD arrived.
“We don’t have (any) authority or anything but we thought somebody might need help,” said Samuel Kvarzell, one of the Swedish police officers.
The incident was recorded. The video (above) demonstrates how cops might defuse a potentially violent situation without shooting, tasing or locking a suspect in a possibly deadly chokehold.
Maybe the NYPD should take note.
US police are trying to use an incident of off-duty Swedish cop tourists courage as PR when they use a totally different policing philosophy
— Copwatch (@Copwatch) April 24, 2015