The riots started about one month ago in the suburb of Husby, reportedly triggered by the fatal police shooting of a 68-year-old local resident. Over the course of a week, the rioting spread to several other poverty-hit suburbs, including Rinkeby and Tensta. Dozens of cars, an art hall and even a police station were attacked, shop windows were shattered and schools were vandalized. Police and firemen responding to the fires were often met with groups of stone-throwing youths.
In all, some 20 young men were taken into custody.
State prosecutor Andreas Nyberg tells Radio Sweden that the 26-year-old is being charged with aggravated vandalism in Rinkeby, a high-rise suburb close to Husby. The suspect had previously been found guilty of driving without a license and drug offences.
At the same time, an investigation is still under way into the fatal police shooting of a 68-year-old Husby resident, who was holding a knife. That incident may have been the spark which triggered the widespread social unrest across outlying areas of Stockholm.
A decision about whether the officer will be charged with a crime is expected at the end of July.