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6 European Countries Plagued by Police Brutality

In search of adventure and thrill, some intrepid travelers seek out destinations that test their courage and push their boundaries. However, it’s essential to acknowledge that not all vacation spots offer serene landscapes and relaxing retreats.

However, coming across the question on a popular European online forum, I felt compelled to share some responses. Here are the top 6 countries with police brutality.

In regard to Italian police brutality, there are several documented cases. The most famous one is the event regarding the Genova G8 meeting of 2001, for which the European Courts of Human Rights condemned Italy.

1. Italy

Many Ukrainians confessed police brutality is an issue in Ukraine. One suggested they prolong things and then “take a few steps back” before progressing. Because of their more significant worries, the problem has been on the back burner.

2. Ukraine

A Swede shared that she had a 15-year-old autistic friend badly beaten by the police for “not complying,” an excuse given for most beatings. Nothing was done. However, they noted most police are fine. It’s the ones that aren’t held accountable that sour the bunch.

3. Sweden

A French person explained it exists in France, and sadly, most get off with a “slap on the wrist,” if anything. However, “people in poor neighborhoods tend to have a different experience, with frequent ID checks and less professional interactions.”

4. France

A Norwegian volunteered that police brutality exists far less than in other places. However, they noted they have a Special Unit (Politiets Spesialenhet) that investigates the claims at a 95-100% dismissal because it’s a division made up of “old coppers.” So they don’t believe it’s unbias.

5. Norway

Several Austrians agreed with the Norwegian about the unit being biased because it’s handled similarly in Austria. They investigate themselves. However, they noted it’s not a significant issue. It does happen.

6. Austria

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