Friday, January 11, 2008

Two Finnish Police Officers Face Charges

In February, two police officers will face charges of assault and professional misconduct in conjunction with the September 2006 Smash Asem demonstration in front of Kiasma, the Museum of Contemporary Art in central Helsinki. Two policemen, drafted in to Helsinki from Lahti to assist the local police during the Asia Europe Summit, are suspected of having assaulted an apprehended youngster in a police car on the way to a custody cell in the district of Töölö.

The officers had detained the young person on Mannerheimintie in front of the Parliament Building, as he was suspected of wilful damage and causing a disturbance. According to the prosecutor, the detention did not take place in the demonstration situation itself.

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