‘Xenophobia is Highly Rational and Justified’: Police Chief

A Norwegian police chief has spectacularly broken ranks to express his professional opinion that high and sustained levels of crime committed by migrants more than justifies concern about foreigners, and that increasing immigration “leads to more rapes”. Writing in response to an opinion piece by a philosopher in the Norwegian daily newspaper Haugesunds Avis, Police Inspector Thomas Utne Pettersen argues that while he agreed that rich nations like Norway had an “ethical and moral obligation” to help those in need, those wary of foreigners were not misled. Justifying his point with the catalogue of regular migrant crimes that police have to deal with daily — even in a nation like Norway where significantly fewer migrants have come compared to places like Sweden and Germany — the officer said he disagreed with scepticism of foreigners as being dismissed as mere cynics. Expressing his view on the matter, Police Inspector Pettersen said: “People’s xenophobia in relation to this group is highly rational and justified”. Validating his point, the senior officer said on his force in any given week in 2016 they might witness in the low-crime country “three Middle Eastern men in police custody” for drug offences, “foreigners” arrested for other drugs offences, stabbings, and