Stockholm cop fined over ‘cowboy’ shootout

A policeman who fired ten rounds at escaping jewel thieves in Stockholm was fined 26,000 kronor ($4,087) on Wednesday for recklessly endangering the lives of others.

Stockholm cop fined over 'cowboy' shootout

The officer was charged after eight of his twelve shots hit the Metropolis gym on Birger Jarlsgatan in Stockholm, where three women were training. The women were not injured.

The policeman was aiming at three thieves who were mid-escape from a jewellery store. It later emerged that the thieves had not fired a single shot and that their gun was a harmless starter pistol.

The 34-year-old policeman said he had the right to shoot at the getaway thieves as they had pointed a weapon at officers. The court agreed, but still ruled that the man had put the women in the gym in unnecessary danger.

The court claimed that after the first shots, the policeman should have changed tactics and taken cover behind one of the nearby parked cars.

The policeman crossed the line, according to the court, when he bent down to reload his weapon as he had already fired eight shots. It was the last four shots that were responsible for his fine.

“When the shooting continued, he had reached a point where he should have restrained himself. He could have stopped and protected himself rather than continue shooting,” Judge Lena Egelin told the TT news agency.

The three women in the gym requested damages, although these requests were not granted by the court.

The incident occurred in early March 2012, when a total of 18 shots were fired by police. Twelve of the shots were fired by the policeman on trial.

The three robbers were sentenced to prison in May, for between one and a half and four years.

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Stockholm Pride is a little different this year: here’s what you need to know 

This week marks the beginning of Pride festivities in the Swedish capital. The tickets sold out immediately, for the partly in-person, partly digital events. 

Pride parade 2019
There won't be a Pride parade like the one in 2019 on the streets of Stockholm this year. Photo: Stina Stjernkvist/TT

You might have noticed rainbow flags popping up on major buildings in Stockholm, and on buses and trams. Sweden has more Pride festivals per capita than any other country and is the largest Pride celebration in the Nordic region, but the Stockholm event is by far the biggest.  

The Pride Parade, which usually attracts around 50,000 participants in a normal year, will be broadcast digitally from Södra Teatern on August 7th on Stockholm Pride’s website and social media. The two-hour broadcast will be led by tenor and debater Rickard Söderberg.

The two major venues of the festival are Pride House, located this year at the Clarion Hotel Stockholm at Skanstull in Södermalm, and Pride Stage, which is at Södra Teatern near Slussen.

“We are super happy with the layout and think it feels good for us as an organisation to slowly return to normal. There are so many who have longed for it,” chairperson of Stockholm Pride, Vix Herjeryd, told the Dagens Nyheter newspaper.

Tickets are required for all indoor events at Södra Teatern to limit the number of people indoors according to pandemic restrictions. But the entire stage programme will also be streamed on a big screen open air on Mosebacketerassen, which doesn’t require a ticket.  

You can read more about this year’s Pride programme on the Stockholm Pride website (in Swedish).