A police offer who insulted and hit a woman in a taxi line in Turku was suspended for three months from work, according to tabloid Iltalehti. Considering the racist statements made by the police officer, who in his words was too drunk to remember what he said, why wasn’t he sacked?
National Police Commissioner Seppo Kolehmainen tweeted in February that racism has no place in the Finnish police service. He announced the following steps to tackle racism in the police service. These included a new equality and diversity plan approved in June 2017; an “ethical channel” where police can anonymously report racism; and mandatory social media training for the police to reinforce rules of good conduct, among other measures.
A hate crime report published by the National Forum for Cooperation of Religions (CORE) Thursday stated that one problem in reporting hate crime to the police is the lack of trust.
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A survey published in 2016, showed that 25.1% of 2,489 policemen surveyed voted for the conservative National Coalition Party (Kokoomus) and 24.4% for the Islamophobic Perussuomalaiset (PS)* party. Long Play, an investigative online website, revealed in June 2017, a secret Facebook group consisted of mostly police officers and which made racist statements about Muslims, minorities and migrants.
* The Perussuomalaiset (PS) party imploded on June 13, 2017, into two factions, the PS and New Alternative, which is now called Blue Reform. Despite the name changes, we believe that it is the same party in different clothing. Both factions are hostile to cultural diversity never mind Muslims and other visible minorities. One is more open about it while the other says it in a different way.
A direct translation of Perussuomalaiset in English would be something like “basic” or “fundamental Finn.” Official translations of the Finnish name of the party, such as Finns Party or True Finns, promote in our opinion nativist nationalism and racism. We, therefore, at Migrant Tales prefer to use in our postings the Finnish name of the party once and after that the acronym PS.