Sweden: Police forcibly remove a pregnant woman from the subway
The incident is being investigated by the police
The Swedish police ordered two separate investigations, following the uproar caused by the video showing male guards forcibly removing a pregnant woman from a subway car and throwing her on the bench, while a little girl, who is her daughter, was crying behind her.
The video from the Stockholm subway went viral and is discussed everywhere, while there is also talk of racist behavior, as the woman was black.
Sweden's state radio reported that Stockholm police were investigating the incident at Hötorget station on Thursday night, questioning the mistreatment and assault by guards, but also as an incident of "violent resistance" by the woman.
The two guards have been made available, pending a third inquiry by the metro management company. "There are a lot of videos from mobile phones that have been released," a company spokesman told state broadcaster SVT. "Obviously, from the incident, it seems that they did not handle the situation properly, from the beginning to the end."
The video circulated rapidly on social media with many commenting that the guards unjustifiably targeted a black woman and expressed shock at the fact that her daughter was left crying while throwing her mother on the bench.
"This should come as no surprise to anyone, even if the victim is pregnant," said author and activist Lovette Jallow, adding that Swedes of African descent were racially targeted and abused. "All we can do is hope the child is well," he added.
Different versions from the woman and the metro management company
According to the subway management company, SL, the guards caught the woman without a ticket and fined her, who refused to pay. When asked to leave the subway, "she started screaming and resisting," the company said, adding that guards were authorized to "chase or arrest people who disturb others."
The woman, like other witnesses, told Swedish media that her bodyguards treated her this way when she told them she had a valid ticket but could not find it, although she explained that she could not get off the train because she was tired. and it hurt.
According to her, she later found the ticket, saying that since then she has made two visits to the hospital to check the course of her pregnancy, as she is in the eighth month. "It's awesome, I feel so bad," he said.
A spokesman for the guard company said that the practice of making guards available when there was an investigation was common, but declined to comment further.