Video: Swedish Cops on Vacation in NY Show American Police How to Subdue Suspects Without Hurting Them
Four Swedish police officers vacationing in New York sprang into action to break up a brawl on a train – and did so without the brutality that has been seen all too often on grainy cell phone videos over the last few years.
On Wednesday, officers Samuel Kvarzell, Markus Asberg, Eric Jansberger, and Erik Naslund were on the 6 Train heading to see a Broadway play when a brawl between two men broke out. A passenger recorded part of the incident, showing the officers pull the two men apart.
In the video, one of the men who was fighting is now sitting on the floor surrounded by two of the officers while the other man tries to resist and is held down on the floor by the other two officers.
“How do you feel?” one of the officers asks the calmer man who is sitting on the floor, who says he’s fine.
The man on the ground continues to resist, screaming, “I can’t breathe.”
The officers hold him down saying, “Take it easy. Sir, calm down, okay? Everything is going to be okay.”
After he calms down the officers ask him if he’s hurt and he says he’s fine.
The officers then detained the two men until NYPD officers boarded the train.
“We came just to make sure no one got hurt,” Asberg told The NY Post. “We were trying to stop the fight.”
Social media was quick to point out that the NYPD could use a bit of the humanity shown by the Swedish cops in the video.
— bob.o (@boboesoptimo) April 23, 2015
— Kay Eves (@KayEves) April 24, 2015