headings. It further appears, that the East Jutland Police District had shared its analysis with other police districts.
DACoRD has requested a copy of the Report from the East Jutland Police, but this was refused. The police analysis has, however, been shared with the newspaper reporter on an oral basis. It is not clear how the numbered persons 163/87 have been identified by the police on ethnic lines – especially if the have not been arrested – only as few as half the number is reported to have been charged.
The ethnic profiling in the above is also reflected in press releases from the police, public warnings and reports to journalists from the daily activity report:
One example is a press release of 27 May 2008 from the same police district, and published on the police webside18 under the heading: “Gypsies tries to stop cars in East Jutland. Gypsies are again on the go in East Jutland. The police requests the public to ignore the ‘tricksters’“ The text reports that roadside “gypsy types” tries to stop cars asking for money and trying to sell ‘gold jewels’. It is stated that the way of operation is known from previous seasons. The police encourages the motorists to ignore the tricksters: It is not necessary, either, to call the police in order to report on the position of the gypsies. The police know they are there, and use every opportunity to pursue them”. The police expects that the practice will spread to the entire country.
In May 2010 Police warnings against Roma again took the headlines of national news: “Police warns agains Gypsie”, read the front page of Jyllands Posten on May 30, 2010, and the story continued on a double page at p. 4-5. We see a marked increase in the number of these East Europeans – typically Romas – stated a Police Inspector from the Copenhagen Police.
In 2007 an article in the publication Journalisten, a professional membership publication from the Danish Journalist Union19, in December 2007 warned against the stereotyping and poor journalism in reporting on Roma under the headline: “Now I’ll come and steal your laundry. The author quotes a few examples of incidents concerning “Gypsies” being turned away from roadside parking lots and picnic-areas and most often based on one source of information, the Police. “I believe, that the media has a large co-responsibility, for our exclusion today of one definite group out of our society, because only negative stories are reported based on poor journalistic leg-work.”
One source of information on recent Roma migrants is often NGOs, since support is not made available by public sources for undocumented immigrants. One of these organizations is Project Outside [projekt UDENFOR]20 a social action project dealing with the problem of homelessness. Project Outside has noted tensions between Roma and other users of their programmes, e.g. at their mobile café, delivering free meals to homeless persons in the street. The organization do not register their users, but notes made by their volunteers suggest some animosity and competition between Danish homeless people and Roma, who are not always welcome at the Mobile Café and can meet shouts like “go home”. Behaviour and perceptions thus can also lead to discrimination at this level.
18 . In at least one instance the police report refers not to Eastern European persons, but to Travellers from England.
19 , Article by Kenneth Wöhlisfelt