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People are outraged over this footage of a Black pregnant woman being forced off a train in Sweden.
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Swedish police are investigating after a pregnant woman was forcibly removed from a train in Stockholm Sweden. A video went viral on Feb 1 of Swedish transit officers escorting a pregnant woman off a train and forcing her onto a bench on her stomach in order to handcuff her. Swedish officials claimed she was removed from the train because she did not have a ticket. They claimed she became angry when officers issued her a fine and asked her to exit the train.

The woman in the video, identified only as Jeanine, said she was on the way to the hospital because she had felt contractions and couldn’t find her subway card when officers asked. She said she eventually found it and showed it to the officers, but the officers had already given her a citation.

‘I took the fine and threw it on the ground. I was angry at myself for losing the card.’

For many in Sweden, the video represented the mistreatment of minorities in the country Jeanine told The New York Times that she is originally from Democratic Republic of Congo.

‘I don’t think a white woman would have to go through this. I was treated like an animal.’ - Jeanine speaking to the New York Times
According to Swedish civil rights advocates.

Anti-immigrant sentiment has been on the rise in recent years.

'We can see that people experience being profiled on a daily basis and in everyday situations, such as on the subway system, on the way to work and school, moving around in public places.’ -- John Stauffer, chief legal counsel with the Stockholm-based Civil Rights Defenders speaking to The New York Times

‘When it comes to people of colour - non-white Swedes - we have seen there's a lot of evidence that security guards use violence and sometimes when it's totally unnecessary.’ -- Men for Gender Equality president Alan Ali

Both officers involved in the incident have been suspended and Stockholm police are investigating the incident as a case of assault.

"There are many mobile phone videos that have been posted about this that suggest that the security guards were too forceful.' -- Henrik Palmer of Stockholm's SL public transport provider told Swedish media.

#Sweden #Racism #PoliceBrutality #BlackWomen

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