Posts Tagged: ethnic profiling

The National Police Board lets itself off the hook concerning a racist Facebook group

Does the Finnish police service have a racism problem? Remember in June when a scoop by Long Play exposed a secret Finnish police Facebook group that dwelt in racist and bigoted comments? It wasn’t just any Facebook group since it consisted of over 2,800 members or about one-third e of Finland’s police service. 

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UPDATE: Police were told that they cannot enter the mosque at the Puhos shopping center with a dog and shoes

Were yesterday’s [Saturday’s] spot checks [at Puhos] necessary? Were they implemented with respect or to humiliate them?   Abdi Muhis Migrant Tales visited Sunday the Puhos shopping center of Eastern Helsinki and asked people, and business establishments after the police, National Border Guards, Regional Administrative Agencies (AVI), Customs, Rescue Department, and the City of Helsinki health inspectors

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How the police, National Border Guards and white Finnish institutions keep visible migrants and minorities on a short leash

What would you say if the police, the National Border Guards, Regional State Administrative Agencies (AVI), Customs, Rescue Department, and City of Helsinki health inspectors came knocking on your door on a Saturday afternoon? Such a thing happened yesterday at the Puhos shopping center of Easter Helsinki, where the majority of customers are visible migrants and minorities.

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Police and other authorities carry out identification checks at the Puhos shopping center of Eastern Helsinki

On Saturday about 3 pm, the police, the National Border Guards, Regional State Administrative Agencies (AVI), Customs, Rescue Department, and City of Helsinki health inspectors started to ask foreign-looking people for their identification in Puhos, a shopping center in Eastern Helsinki frequented by migrants.  The big question that emerges is if this operation by the police

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Musta Barbaari’s mother and sister charged by the police in “ethnic profiling” case

Singer Musta Barbaari’s mother and sister are going to be charged for resistance to cooperate with law enforcement officials and insubordination, according to YLE.  In a highly publicized case in social media last year, Musta Barbaari, whose real name is James Nikander, wrote that his mother and sister were stopped by plainclothes police officials in downtown Helsinki who asked them to show their passport.   

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A Helsinki bus driver who publishes video tapes of Somali clients he’s insulted

What would you say if a bus driver, who only video tapes Somalis, starts calling them liars and forces them off the bus even after one of them said she was ready to pay for the bus fare? Ethnic profiling? Racist? All of the above?

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A tragic weekend that encourages us to challenge social ills like racism, bigotry and inequality in Finland, Europe and globally

Over the weekend a lot of things happened: The European Network Against Racism (ENAR) hosted a seminar in Helsinki on anti-migration racism Saturday that was overshadowed by a closed Finnish police Facebook page with racist comments, a comprehensive story on ethnic profiling in Finland, and another terrorist attack in London that left seven killed and 48 injured.

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Defining white Finnish privilege #32: The white Finnish police service and “them”

If there is an institution that is the epitome of white Finnish privilege that is doing everything possible to hinder cultural and ethnic diversity among its ranks, that institution is the Finnish police service.

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