Swedish police are instructed not to give any description of perpetrators - for fear of being called racists.
Police in Stockholm will no longer provide information describing alleged perpetrators who have committed crimes - for fear of being perceived as racists, according to an internal directive the Swedish newpaper Svenska Dagbladet has gained access to.
The directive was distributed internally to police in Stockholm last September.
The letter describes the procedures police must use if events are to be communicated to the public. It covers everything from minor traffic accidents to serious crimes like robbery, abuse and murder.
The internal note has been introduced to avoid that police could be perceived as racists:
"Criticism is sometimes made against police regarding information about people's skin colour. It is perceived as racist. As police are not racist, nor shall be construed as so, this directive now applies," the letter reads.
Then an instruction on how the police should communicate on offenses follows. In events of everyday crime such as burglary, information such as height, skin colour, ethnicity or nationality, will not be given, according to the directive.
Not a topic in Norway
In neighboring country Norway, much of the madness in Sweden are met with shaking of heads, and this is no exception.
- It has not been discussed by the Ministry that the police should avoid giving descriptions in such cases. I am not aware that this has been an issue for the police either, says State Secretary of the Ministry of Justice, Vidar Brein-Karlsen, to Nettavisen.
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