The Helsinki Administrative Court has annulled a fine of EUR 10,000 imposed by the National Court for Non-Discrimination and Equality on the Helsinki Police Department, according to a report by Helsingin Sanomat.
A fine was imposed in connection with ethnic profiling in a July 2016 case in which rap artist Black Barbara, real name James Nikander, police stopped in Helsinki.
Nikander’s mother, born in Tanzania, and the musician’s sister suspected police had stopped ethnic profiling after ordinary police asked women for identity cards during an inspection of illegal immigrants.
The women refused to give their ID at the time, and in December 2017 they were found guilty of disobeying an official and refusing to comply with police orders and received daily fines.
The women complained to the Finnish National Court for Non-Discrimination and Equality, claiming that they were victims of ethnic profiling. The court then ruled in favor of the women and ordered the Helsinki Police Department to pay a fine of 10,000 euros.
According to Helsingin Sanomat, the administrative court voted to cancel the fine of the police department, and two of the three judges were in favor of lifting the fine.
The decision of the Administrative Court can be appealed to the Supreme Administrative Court.
Quelle: Die nordische Seite