Read All About It: Cops Break Up Fight, Subdue Aggressor, Nobody Dies (Maybe 'Cause the Cops Were Swedish?)
New Yorkers used to being terrorized by the NYPD are all agog because four young Swedish cops on vacation managed to stop a subway beatdown without shedding any blood, breaking any necks, shooting any retreating backs or otherwise launching any entirely unwarranted executions. The four Swedes - Samuel Kvarzell, Markus Asberg, Eric Jansberger and Erik Naslund - were riding an uptown train on their way to see Les Misérables when a brawl broke out between two reportedly homeless men, with one beating on the other. When the conductor called for help, cell phone video captured the four visitors as they calmly moved in - separating the two men, holding down the aggressive guy and asking both if they were okay as they awaited the arrival of the NYPD. They later met with NYPD bigwigs evidently astonished to meet law enforcement officers who actually seem to take all that quaint protect and serve stuff to heart and just...do...their...job.
When their story and hashtag quickly spread, the Swedes were confounded by the fuss; they insisted they were just "regular tourists" trying to make sure nobody got hurt and asking in a clearly WTF sort of way, "Is this a big deal?" Their colleagues back home, likewise baffled, reacted with shrugs of their ever-civilized shoulders. "When somebody does something good here, we give them cake and a medal," said Kia Samrell, who works at the Stockholm Police Department with Kvarzell. “In Sweden, if you see something bad, you just do something to help - it’s ordinary, what they did.” Ordinary. You'd think so. Except not - not in Baltimore, Ferguson, Cleveland, Staten Island, a hundred other blood-drenched, cop-brutalized American cities where "ordinary" competence and humanity have come to appear, dismayingly, extraordinary. NYPD and all the rest: Take note.
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