Meet the Reykjavík Metropolitan Police, serving the capital of Iceland. By the looks of their incredible Instagram account, a normal day includes holding kittens, eating candy and wearing false mustaches.
For the record the Icelandic police are probably the best police force in the world, There has only been one instance where an officer shot and killed a civilian in the entire history of the country (which is nearly a hundred years) and everyone was completely devastated by it, the police especially — because, as made clear in their statements after the incident, they understand their function is to protect the people. Not to mention that their general police go unarmed except for special squads.
Let’s run through some more facts while we’re on the subject: Compared to 31,000+ shooting deaths in the US in 2009, Iceland had… 4, because they have very rigorous screening processes for gun permits. There is very little economic disparity between upper, middle and lower classes, and social welfare programs take care of their people. Drug use affects less than 1% of the population between 15 and 65 years old, and 90% of drug-related court cases are settled with a fine rather than jail time. Violent crime is virtually non-existent. [x]
Iceland is like if you took the entire idea of chill and personified it as an country, and this exemplifies that.
I want to move to Iceland
Here is a video that shows an Icelandic police officer use excessive force while handcuffing a drunk person, including slamming her on a bench: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGjROjuLSOs
Here is a news article (in Icelandic) about Icelandic police officers finding a black man who does not have citizenship while he was picking cans and bottles late in the evening, taking him to the policestation, restraining him with plastic wraps, beating him with a club, cutting him and using more violence. A statement from the police (found here in Icelandic: http://www.visir.is/segir-averkana-hafa-verid-ohapp/article/2014140929486) mentions nothing about why he was restrained with plastic wraps or why they used a knife to cut it off him, but the police claim they used the knife to cut the wraps loose instead of using pliers like usually: http://www.visir.is/segir-averkana-hafa-verid-ohapp/article/2014140929486 The comment section has some accounts of people saying they have experienced similar things from they Icelandic police force. I guess we can say that they at least know their PR game.
I also want to mention that I’m not berating the entire police force. I’m pointing out that they’re not really better than in other countries. There are good police officers and rotten ones in Iceland, just like everywhere else. Sure, it’s probably safer there than in many other countries but there’s no need to glorify anything.
So true. They’re all cute and shit on their instagram, which is very popular, but there’s the same percentage of power-hungry assholes on the police here as everywhere else. I’ve seen cops do terrible stuff to protestors, the few times anyone actually protests anything, but if you say anything, most people will defend the cops robotically. I was once at an anti-NATO protest and the cops trapped us for a while. They held ALL the protesters within a small zone, which is illegal detainment. Nobody did anything about that. And who are you gonna tell? There’s no IAD here, there’s no one that polices the police…
I think the fact there’s only ever been one deadly shooting (and to be fair the police had a press conference about it where they said how deeply sad and troubled they were over it), definitely has something to do with the fact police in Iceland don’t carry guns, it’s not that they’re any better than other police.
Ask Chaplas Menka, a black African man who would definitely like political asylum in Iceland, whether the police here are all nice and stuff. That’s the guy they cut with a knife when he refused to be put in a holding cell, when the police rounded him up and were going to lock him up without giving any reason, which is highly fucking illegal by the way.