The above promo clip from the soon to be released documentary film, “The Serpent in Paradise” that details the experience of several migrant’s who have been driven to an obscure and isolated area in 2013.
On a quiet morning in the suburbs of Oslo, Norway, a man who was suspected of concealing narcotics in his mouth was subjected to a stop and search by Norwegian civil police. During the search, the police handcuffed and held down the man on a public street and used batons to force open his mouth. Using the police baton to dig inside his oral cavity, they performed a brutal forensic search for three minutes, in which no narcotics were ever found. A second patrol was then called and the individual was taken far beyond the city’s peripheral highway to an unknown location. The victim claims — to the denials of police — that he was “dumped in a forest, called an animal and left without shoes.“
After a long and drawn out legal circus involving three investigations, a complaint from Oslo Police Districts leadership plus to the Director of Public Prosecutions, no charges were laid on the individual officers. Charges of gross misconduct were instead laid at the organizational level of Oslo Police District for the use of the baton. The rationale being one of organizational failure in which the practice of using the batons was allowed to develop to a level that the individual officers were deemed ignorant of the illegality of their actions. It is obvious to conclude that there has been a clear reluctance for the leadership of the Oslo Police District to accept the outcome of the case.
But now according to Norwegian Bureau for the Investigation of Police Affairs, they have “not received any response from the Oslo Police District, and is now preparing the submission of the case to court.” They have told Circus Bazaar that “according to section 268 of the Criminal Procedure Act, an optional penalty writ may take the place of an indictment. If a writ is not accepted, the prosecuting authority normally sends the case to court.