Swedish cops on vacation in New York City are being hailed as heroes after they subdued two homeless men who were fighting on a subway train. The Swedish officers were praised for their effective restraint techniques that left the men unable to move, yet unharmed. Admirers across the web were not only impressed with the heroic efforts by the group of men, but also are noting the group’s good looks.
In the video uploaded to YouTube, you can see the four Swedish tourists jumping into action as two homeless men begin to fight on the subway train. The men can be seen holding one suspect to the ground while waiting for NYPD to arrive. During the ordeal, the cops can be heard trying to calm the subdued men and tell them to “take it easy” and politely tell them man on the ground that they “have to wait for the police, sir.”
The New York Post reports that the four heroes were Swedish tourists and officers in their homeland. Samuel Kvarzell, Markus Asberg, Eric Jansberger, and Erik Naslund were identified as the subway heroes but claim they are “no heroes,” but simply “tourists.”
“We came here for vacation; we’ve been here one day. We’re no heroes, just tourists.”
New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton notes that the men did a great honor to themselves and their country.
“Gentlemen, thank you very, very much. You did a great honor to yourselves, certainly to your police service and to your country. We appreciate all the help we can get.”
After many praised the methods of restraint used by the Swedish cops, Bratton noted that they appear to be very similar to new techniques now being taught to the NYPD.
“I was noticing that the moves that they made are very much the same moves that we now teach our young people at the academy in terms of how to take people down in a way trying to ensure that they’re not injured during that apprehension.”
What do you think of the Swedish cops methods of restraint and speaking with the detained suspects?