Friday, April 24, 2015

The Thing I Learned Today...


Today I learned that, when it comes to real policemen at least, Don Cherry just might be wrong.

Because, as Travis Gettys writes in Raw Story, a Swedish boy bandish quartet of cops who look to have more in common with Borje Salming and Inge Hammarstrom than Stan Jonathan and Terry O'Reilly can really get the job done.

Without anybody getting hurt:

Four vacationing Swedish police officers helped out after two homeless men began fighting on a New York City subway – and showed it’s possible to subdue violent suspects without hurting them.

The officers — Samuel Kvarzell, Markus Asberg, Eric Jansberger and Erik Naslund — were riding an uptown No. 6 train Wednesday on their way to see “Les Miserables” when they responded to the subway driver’s call for help, reported the New York Post.

A bystander began recording cell phone video after the officers pulled the pair apart.

The video shows one of the brawlers sitting calmly on the floor, flanked by two of the Swedish police officers, while two others kneel on the other man – who is more unruly – to hold him face-down on the floor.

“How do you feel?” one of the officers asks the seated man, who says he feels fine.

The other man struggles, but the pair of officers calmly keep him pinned to the floor.

“I can’t breathe,” he screams, as he rises occasionally from the floor but is unable to escape.

“Take it easy,” one officer repeatedly tells him. “Sir, calm down, OK? Everything is going to be OK.”

The man eventually calms down, and he admits to the officers that he’s not injured after they ask.

The Swedish officers held the men until New York City police could board the train and take them into custody.

“We came just to make sure no one got hurt,” Asberg said. “We were trying to stop the fight.”...

Look, Ma.

No Guns.

Photo credit.... Stefan Jeremiah in the New York Post.



Mr. Beer N. Hockey said...

Now there is an uplifting story to read on a Saturday morning. Anyone with a wee bit of knowledge about international police culture will know, however, Swedish police can be and often are every bit as brutal and racist as their American counterparts. Of note - the four Swedes are all white even though they work in a very multi-racial country. Still a good story though, even if it is something of a needle in a haystack.

RossK said...

Point taken - which makes Mr. Cherry even more wrong than was snarkoleptically portrayed in the post.

The interesting thing, if you read the original story in the NY Post (which thus must be taken with a large block of salt), is that all the New Yorkers were actually running away from the train while these guys moved up front...And were they going on the train?....Allegedly to see Les Miserables.


e.a.f. said...

Many of the Scana countries, police officers don't always carry their guns. They work using their brains. Their police officers go to school longer, have better educations, etc.

Its like a recent article pointed out, that since the early 1900s British police officers had killed fewer people than North American police do in a year. Now that is some stat.

When police kill people in north America, its frequently because they don't care about the public, are personally afraid, don't see the public as their neighbours, don't have the education to do the job. Aren't trained in de escalation skills.

Its only recently that the American press has started to cover so many of the murders by police officers that people have become aware of what is going on. What is going on in the U.S.A. is the "civil war" all over again, 21st century style.

Canada, its a lack of training and a reliance on American methods.

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