Police: Gang threats against local politician “inappropriate”

Female politician in Køge was threatened when she went to pick up her son

Bodil Sø, the local chairman for political party Venstre in Køge, was picking up her son up from a friend’s home on Tuesday of last week when she was unexpectedly met by three masked young men from Denmark’s largest immigrant street gang, Black Cobra, who told her that she needed to leave.  

 

“I am pretty shocked,” Sø told Dagbladet Køge. “At that moment, I didn’t know whether two seconds later bullets would be flying past my ears. But I couldn’t leave my son in the middle of it all.”  

 

Sø decided to wait in the car so that she would be ready to drive off as soon as her son came out. Just before her son reached the car, however, a gang member knocked on her window. He said that she should not drive with her high beams on in the area, and that she should drive away for her own sake.

 

“My mind raced while I tried to figure out what to do,” Sø told Dagbladet Køge. She asked the man if she could pick up her son, and said that if allowed, she would immediately leave the neighbourhood. Black Cobra regards the area, Ellemarken, as their own.

 

After the incident, Sø contacted the police, who sent a patrol car to the scene. The police arrested five individuals, charged them with disorderly conduct, and banned them from the area. 

 

Sø said there should be stricter penalties put in place for gangs and called for re-opening local youth clubs in order to ensure that gang warfare doesn’t break out in the area.

 

Police spokesperson Sten Skovgaard Larsen told BT tabloid that what happened to Sø was “completely inappropriate”.

 

The Black Cobra gang was founded in Roskilde in 2000, and is now composed of approximately 100 members. It is represented throughout most major Danish cities.





  • How internationals can benefit from joining trade unions

    How internationals can benefit from joining trade unions

    Being part of a trade union is a long-established norm for Danes. But many internationals do not join unions – instead enduring workers’ rights violations. Find out how joining a union could benefit you, and how to go about it.

  • Internationals in Denmark rarely join a trade union

    Internationals in Denmark rarely join a trade union

    Internationals are overrepresented in the lowest-paid fields of agriculture, transport, cleaning, hotels and restaurants, and construction – industries that classically lack collective agreements. A new analysis from the Workers’ Union’s Business Council suggests that internationals rarely join trade unions – but if they did, it would generate better industry standards.

  • Novo Nordisk overtakes LEGO as the most desirable future workplace amongst university students

    Novo Nordisk overtakes LEGO as the most desirable future workplace amongst university students

    The numbers are especially striking amongst the 3,477 business and economics students polled, of whom 31 percent elected Novo Nordisk as their favorite, compared with 20 percent last year.