Chicago journo visits Rinkeby, Sweden to see if Trump was right, says he needed police escort to get out

Tim Pool, a Chicago-based American journalist, posted a YouTube video of what he said was Swedish police escorting him out of a “No-Go Zone” that European liberals say don’t exist.

In response to President Donald Trump’s recent comments about Sweden, Pool and a colleague headed to the Muslim-dominated Rinkeby suburb of Stockholm, where the riots occurred last week.

Pool posted a YouTube video (below) where he said he and his colleague had not planned to visit the “no-go” zone, but since they were close to Rinkeby decided to see it for themselves.

He posted on Twitter Wednesday that they were warned by police to leave “or things are going to get bad.”

Police can be seen on video seemingly following Pool, but they dispute the claim that they escorted them out, according to The Local, an English-language news network in Sweden.

But then, the liberal Swedish government is not eager to own up to the problems the country is facing as a result of allowing in so many immigrants from the Middle East.

Swedish police did not say the incident didn’t happen, just that they “were unable to find any specific reports filed about it in their system,” The Local reported.

“I started talking to the police. They told me some interesting things about the good they think they can do there, and then one of the other cops basically said ‘I have a tip for you, look at what the men around you are doing,'” Pool told the news network.

“We had noticed a bunch of people putting up their hoods, whispering to each other, so the cop was like ‘maybe it would be smart if you were to leave now, that’s my tip for you’. They got in their car to escort us out and we just had to walk alongside their vehicle, and they followed us to our car. As we were walking there were people following us, yelling things,” he added.

After the men started to surround them, Pool said he asked if the police if they would follow them out.

Pool said that an officer agreed that it “would be a good idea.”

A police officer told a Stockholm newspaper, however, that Pool was filming a group of young people attending a poetry event, who pulled their hoods up and covered their faces and yelled at him to stop filming. Pool was then advised not to stay there and keep filming.

“The patrol was going to Rinkeby Academy and that’s where Pool’s team had parked their car so it was more out of coincidence that they followed each other there,” the officer said.

Pool’s YouTube video tells an entirely different story and can be seen below:

Pool said the incident threw him for a loop. “We genuinely thought that nothing would happen,” he said.

Pool and his colleague were escorted by someone who appeared to be a local and pointed out how places had been looted, along with the absence of women from cafes.

At another point in the video, Pool went on to talk about his previous experience and appeared to be shaken and surprised by what had occurred. He recalled seeing groups of men pulling up masks before the police advised that they leave the area.

One of the police officers allegedly told Pool that if they were to arrest a potential attacker (migrant) there could “50 more with stones.”

By the end of the video it’s safe to say that Pool seemed conflicted. Perhaps, by what he wanted to believe and what is gut was telling him.

At this point, it is Pool’s word against the Swede Police. But, it’s an interesting inside look at a place that has garnered so much attention.


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