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Swedish police investigated over racist slurs

Published onsdag 27 april 2016 kl 15.16
A law book in a Swedish court room. Photo: Henrik Montgomery / TT.
A law book in a Swedish court room. Photo: Henrik Montgomery / TT.

A police officer in southern Sweden is being investigated after shouting racist epithets at a man while ejecting him from an asylum seekers' residence.

A fight broke out at the Hotell Amigo in Emmaboda in south-eastern Sweden on Wednesday. The hotel houses asylum seekers but the man who was verbally abused does not live there.

Police officers reportedly tried to remove the man and warned that they would drop him off in a forest. The man protested, saying that he had been invited to the housing center for coffee.

The police removed him and dropped him off in a nearby forest. 

As the argument escalated, one of the unidentified patrolmen shouted at the man, who recorded the altercation and sent it to Swedish Radio's local channel in Kalmar, some 60 kilometers east of Emmaboda.

"To hell with you, you fucking lunatic. Go home, you fucking Arab bastard. Go home to your fucking country," the policeman is heard yelling on the recording.

On Wednesday, authorities confirmed that they opened a criminal investigation against the officer. He is suspected of unlawful threats, insults and assault.

Hear the recording here: 

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