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Police criticized for alleged brutality

Reykjavík police authorities have been harshly criticized for alleged brutality and unwarranted arrests in clashes with teenagers in the Skeifan area of Reykjavík early Sunday morning. Ingimundur Einarsson, deputy chief of police in Reykjavík, says that he is aware of the allegations and that police authorities are prepared to issue an apology if they are correct. This is reported by Morgunbladid today.

Parents of two youngsters contacted police with complaints. In one instance, an adolescent suffered a broken arm after being hit by a police club. In the second instance, the mother of an 18-year old was given misleading information about the arrest of her son. Having called police, the mother was informed that her son was not among those who had been arrested, when in fact he was in police custody. The youngster had been arrested by five police officers without being informed of the charges. He had not been permitted to phone home, nor to relieve himself before being ushered into a police vehicle. According to the youth, police had told him to simply urinate on himself.

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