Violent riots broke out in a predominantly immigrant suburb of Stockholm, late Monday, after Swedish police arrested a suspect on drug charges, according to an article at The Associated Press.
The development comes days after President Donald Trump, sparking controversy among critics, erroneously referenced an incident involving immigrants in Sweden.
Shortly after police arrested the drug suspect in the Stockholm suburb of Rinkeby, officials say unidentified suspects started throwing rocks at police, setting cars on fire, and looting nearby stores. Some reportedly wore masks to obscure their identities.
The AP has more details:
One officer was slightly injured when a rock hit his arm and one person was arrested for throwing rocks, police spokesman Lars Bystrom said Tuesday. Some civilians who tried to stop the looters were also assaulted, he added.
Another officer fired his gun, not as a warning shot but because he was “in a situation that demanded he used his firearm,” Bystrom said, adding “no one was hit.”
Officials said police are currently investigating several crimes: assault on a police officer, aggravated thefts, violent rioting, and two additional cases of assault.Getty Images/Mike Theiler-Pool
President Trump came under fire earlier this week when he referenced “what’s happening last night in Sweden,” though no apparent incident actually occurred:
My statement as to what's happening in Sweden was in reference to a story that was broadcast on @FoxNews concerning immigrants & Sweden.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 19, 2017
Trump claimed he was referencing a Fox News report on immigrants in Sweden. However, it appears he may have caught filmmaker Ami Horowitz’s appearance on “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” during which a clip from a documentary that purports to show refugees carrying out acts of violence in Sweden.