The disturbances in Malmö in 2008

Police Officers Given Fine for Racist Remarks

Two police officers caught on camera making racist comments during disturbances in the largely immigrant Rosengård district of Malmö in December 2008 have been disciplined with the fine of a week's wages.

An internal police investigation which reported its findings on Thursday, described the two officers' comments as "unacceptable" and a "serious breach in the values that should run through all police work."

The officers on duty on a police bus during the riots in Malmö, in the south of Sweden, had called a group of rioting teens names like "black bastards" and "little monkeys". The remarks were caught on tape and made public during the trial of one of the rioters.

A subsequent investigation into whether the officers could be prosecuted under Swedish hate crime legislataion concluded that the comments didn't count as a hate crime because they would only have been heard by the police on the bus and therefore weren't public.

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