Police union: Gangs have created a "parallel society"

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A survey released on Thursday suggests that police officers are facing increased threats and violence. The Swedish Police Union told Radio Sweden that criminal gangs have created a "parallel society".

Anna Nelberg Dennis, the vice chair of the Swedish Police Union that commissioned the survey, said that it has become more and more common for gangs of young people attack police officers in certain areas. 

"I think it's part of a change in society, where in socially vulnerable areas, gangs have created parallel societies where they take the law into their own hands," she said. "[The gangs] believe that police shouldn't be there because they rule the area. This is something that the police can't solve themselves.”