Fed-Up Swedish Cop Lashes Out Against Immigrant Crime, Political Correctness
Sweden is renowned for being politically correct at all times and in all places. It is therefore no surprise that a Facebook rant by a Swedish police investigator linking violent crime with immigrants triggered an outcry across the country. What is surprising is that the whistleblower received keen support from fellow officers and ordinary Swedes.
Last week, Peter Springare, a senior police investigator in the city of Örebro with 47 years of service under his belt, rose to national fame with a Facebook post that took Sweden by storm. An angry Springare wrote that he was “f**ing tired” and warned that he was about to ditch political correctness and say things that could possibly harm his position or pay, yet claimed that he was about to retire and didn’t care about the consequences, unlike his fellow policemen.
With this preamble, 60-year-old Springare gave a brief overview of the grave crimes he had handled during the past week (with rape, assault, drug distribution and murder on the menu), only to link them to immigrant perpetrators, which is not the thing to do in Sweden, where the perpetrator’s ethnicity is concealed for reasons of political correctness.
“Suspected perpetrators: Ali Mohammed, Mahmod, Mohammed, Mohammed Ali, again, again, again. Christopher… what, is it true? Yes, a Swedish name snuck in on the edges of a drug crime. Mohammed, Mahmod Ali, again and again,” Springare wrote, dwelling on the origins of the perpetrators. “Countries representing all the crimes this week: Iraq, Iraq, Turkey, Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia, Somalia, Syria again, Somalia, unknown, unknown country, Sweden. Half of the suspects, we can’t be sure about, because they don’t have any valid papers. Which in itself usually means that they’re lying about their nationality and identity,” Springare wrote.
Needless to say, Springare’s post about immigrants’ overrepresentation in violent crimes was reported to Örebro police, which is now investigating its own employee for “incitement to racial hatred.” Springare was also lambasted by the Swedish left, who spared no invectives to brand the veteran cop as “racist,” “bigoted” and “xenophobic.”
Meanwhile, Springare’s supporters started a Facebook group named “Stand Up for Peter Springare,” which quickly gathered over 100,000 members (in a nation of 10 million). Most of the commentaries are direct accolades to Peter and expressions of discontent with mainstream media and their ways of reporting crime in general and the storm Peter had triggered. The Swedish tabloid newspaper Expressen was quick to stamp Springare’s support group as “racist,” yet rephrased the headline later, as the group was soaring in popularity. Even Swedish Chief of Police Dan Eliasson (pictured) received an occasional kick in the comments field for his critical response to Springare’s revelations and general inability to handle the crime surge that has hit the Nordic country.
One of the group’s most popular posts was penned by fellow policeman Oskar Tallryd.
“Springare is spot on. What he is saying is by no means exaggeration or lies, it is my everyday life. Also, many other polices,'” Tallryd wrote in his post.
The police station where Springare works also received dozens of flower bouquets in support from his admirers from across the country, many of whom are of immigrant origin. One of them was Syrian-born Tony Marogi who delivered the flowers in person.
“I gave Peter flowers because he is honest and is not biased like the media. […] I don’t think his statements were racist in any way and believe it’s high time to stand up for our communities. […] He showed that we have had enough, that there is something fundamentally wrong with our society,” Tony Marogi told Swedish news outlet Nyheter Idag.
Unlike its Nordic peers, Sweden keeps no statistics on immigrant crime. In mainstream Swedish media, reporting a criminal’s ethnicity is taboo, which has led to accusations of deliberately concealing the relationship and crime and undermining efforts for effective crime prevention.
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