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Few reports of police abuse lead to prosecution

Published torsdag 18 juli 2013 kl 11.06
Photo: Bertil Ericson/Scanpix.

Only a small percentage of complaints by citizens against Swedish police lead to criminal prosecutions.

Only 1.6 percent of the 5,600 complaints filed in 2011, led to prosecution or punishment, according to daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter. In all of the other cases, prosecutors found that a crime had not been committed, or that there was insufficient proof of a crime.

Of the 53 cases that were prosecuted between 2005 and 2012, police were acquitted in 27 of them.

A debate about police violence was sparked last week when a video was made public showing how an intoxicated man was assaulted by a police woman and her dog.

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