Recently, there was a story about four police officers from Sweden who were visiting New York City where they intervened in a fight between two homeless men. The four officers were on the Subway on their way to see a Broadway production of Les Misérables when they heard the conductor call for help over the speakers. Two homeless men were fist-fighting in a different train car and the conductor called for any police officers to step in and break up the scuffle between the two men. People who witnessed the altercation recorded it, as well as the intervention by the Scandinavian officers. Many who saw the video were impressed by how the men handled the situation.
According to the story on BuzzFeed.com, many are now saying that the New York City Police Department should be taking lessons from Swedish police officers. Bruce Levenson agrees and feels similarly about Atlanta. The officers broke up the fight and restrained the two men. When one complained of not being able to breathe and his arm hurting, officers re-positioned their grip in order to not agitate the offender more. The officers checked in with the victim and the offender several times, making sure they were not injured or hurt badly. Many have commented that the NYPD may need to take lessons from their Swedish counterparts on how to treat people.
The four officers met the city’s Police Commissioner where they were thanked for their good work.