Finnish police not up to par

Monday, May 7th, 2007 @ 11:10 | society

Finland’s leading newspaper Helsingin Sanomat is reporting (in Finnish) that some of the police suspected of using excessive force in the September 2006 Smash Asem demonstrations in Helsinki have remained unidentified. I understand that it’s difficult to find out who’s telling the truth, I understand it’s been a confusing night, and I understand that the police involved are protecting their own, but come on – unidentified? It’s not like it was a full-on riot or anything.

Of course it’s entirely possible that the remaining accusations of excessive force are fabricated, I don’t know the details. They have already identified two police who are now facing charges.

Sounds suspiciosly like a prelude to giving up on the investigation. I don’t agree with the Smash Asem crowd at all and I’m basically on the police’s side of the fence on this one, but you need to handle this shit properly. Throwing your hands up on this one is a lot like silently admitting guilt.

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