Police In Sweden’s ‘No Go Zones’ Say Criminals ‘Laugh At Our Laws’
Swedish police officer vent frustration over soaring crimes in country
Swedish police working in the no-go Stockholm suburb of Rinkeby in Sweden say criminals "laugh" at laws, according to reports.
Member of the regional police in Rinkeby, Hanif Azizi, said he was frustrated with the dangerous situation in the suburb, which has become infamous for its riots and high levels of crime, according to Swedish broadcaster SVT.
“If you have worked for a long time to prosecute people and see that there are no consequences that the criminals even laugh at us. It is frustrating," Azizi said.
The area, which has a high population of migrants, has been notoriously difficult for the local police officers in the past.
The crime is so bad, Swedish officers need to be driven to and from the Rinkeby police station due to safety concerns.
Local union president of the police district of Rinkeby, Christoffer Ersenius, remarked on the issue in 2017:
"There is concern among the staff about working in a police station in Rinkeby. We understand this concern, especially when it is about how to safely travel to and from their workplace in Rinkeby.”
The government had started construction on a new police station that year but found it difficult to find builders due to safety concerns.
The station was attacked the following year after several masked men drove a car onto the site before setting the vehicle on fire and attacking a security guard with rocks and fireworks.
The attack was believed to be related to a prior drug bust in the area.
Then-Swedish Chief Prosecutor Lise Tamm described Rinkeby as an “a war zone” in late 2017, stating:
"Rinkeby is almost like a war zone. When the police work there, they work as the armed forces would have done.”
Earlier this month, Neon Nettle reported that Sweden's capital Stockholm saw a massive rise in recorded rapes, with a staggering 20 percent increase over 2018, according to reports.
A new report by Swedish news outlet Mitt i reveals that, on average, there are now five rapes occurring every day in Stockholm.
The Swedish city has recorded a total of 1,060 rapes in the first half of 2019 alone, marking a massive uptick from the 890 rapes reported during the same period last year.
Of all the reported rapes, only five percent of them lead to the attacker's conviction in a criminal court.
Local officials say the figures “unacceptable” and are calling for "strong" action.