City Hall files police report after threats

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Officials at the Oslo City Hall have reported a local resident to the police, several months after he caused a disturbance, threatened security guards and top city politicians, and made several racist remarks in a meeting with members of the City Council’s culture committee.

Newspaper Dagsavisen reported Monday that the director of the City Council’s secretariat confirms a police report has now been filed, a week after the paper became the first to report on what’s viewed as a bizarre and serious incident earlier this autumn. Lars Arne Ryssdal said that the man has been reported for making threats and remarks that were widely viewed among City Council members as racist.

Some City Council members who were at the meeting complained about how City Hall’s staff had handled the incident, and neglected to inform them of the man’s disruptive behaviour earlier in the day. The man, who had exhibited erratic and threatening behaviour, had also been allowed to simply leave the building at the time.

Asked why it took so long for the city to file a police report against the man, Ryssdal cited “internal circumstances that I have no need to comment on.” He noted that the city’s routines call for such incidents to be reported as part of a preparedness plan. It’s now up to police whether charges will be filed against the man.

newsinenglish.no staff