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Do the Swedish police have a special code for immigrant crimes?

That there is a police code is true. The Swedish police use different codes for different types of work as a way to track, for instance, how much resources they use. Some examples of such police codes ...
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Are all French citizens who go outside their home legally required to carry official papers with a reason why they are out (Covid-19 lockdown)?

Yes, it's true (but imprecise). All residents of France (this is unrelated to citizenship) need to carry an authorization and the police is checking these authorizations. The authorization is a sworn ...
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Is it against the law to mispronounce Arkansas?

The name, Arkansas, is a French pronunciation of a Siouxan word meaning "land of downriver people". It is pronounced: /ˈɑrkənsɔː/ ar-kən-saw In 1881, the Arkansas General Assembly passed ...
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Were COVID-19 patients in Wuhan welded into their apartments to enforce the lockdown?

This event happened in late January, but not in Wuhan. The restriction was imposed on the accommodation of someone who had been to Wuhan. It was soon seen by the government as an over-reaction, and ...
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Did only one banker in the US go to prison for the Financial Crisis of 2007-08?

Only one Wall Street banker (a trader) went to jail. Other people, who could be considered bankers, were also jailed. No Wall Street CEOs were jailed. Financial Times, August 9, 2017: In the US ...
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Did French police fine homeless persons for not being confined at home?

It is a bit unclear at the moment. But it is certainly not just "fake news". It is an ongoing situation with "his word against his", with the police being one "his", and a not particularly trustworthy ...
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Did only one banker in the US go to prison for the Financial Crisis of 2007-08?

90 bankers were convicted, of which 62 went to prison: Edward Woodard (conspiracy to commit bank fraud, false entry in a bank record, unlawful participation in loans, false statements to a ...
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Are there more outstanding warrants in Ferguson than residents?

An NPR report states In 2013, the municipal court in Ferguson — a city of 21,135 people — issued 32,975 arrest warrants for nonviolent offenses, mostly driving violations. They cite this table ...
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Were COVID-19 patients in Wuhan welded into their apartments to enforce the lockdown?

You will be able to find way more sources and direct video evidence if you know Chinese. In the first two clips in the article, you can hear the filmers were talking about the coronavirus outbreak ...
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Do Japanese police roll drunks and criminals into giant futons?

Yes, they do in fact do this! It is called a "protection sheet" 保護シート and it is a thin sheet made from plastic, not a futon. Here is a video of a violent drunk being rolled up, and another of a ...
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You have the right to one phone call when arrested - A Hollywood myth?

This answer only applies to the United States, which has federal law, and laws for each state and territory. According to a University of Tennessee document There is no constitutional right to ...
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Did the city of Berlin set up safe zones for women for New Year’s Eve 2017/2018?

There will be an area for women to come if they feel harassed. Interestingly, this area is called "Women's Safety Area" (in English) even in German media so it seems to be the official name....
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Is this protest sign referring to Europe?

It may appear as if it's about police failing to stop the 2016 New Year's Eve sexual assaults in Germany, but using water cannon and tear gas on Pegida demonstrations. But the picture pre-dated the ...
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Has anyone innocent ever been arrested because of contraband that was planted in their luggage?

Roger Levans of Queens, NY was arrested when two bricks of cocaine were found in his bag on a return trip from Guyana. Levans said he was strip searched, and jailed until his family could put up $100,...
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Are people with a high IQ not allowed to become police officers in New London?

The lawsuit reported on by ABC News did happen (Robert Jordan vs. the City of New London, CT). The court case can be found here. That page verifies many of the facts given in the article, including ...
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Are SWATs in the US mostly used for serving marijuana warrants?

SWATs are used more often for drug warrants than to deal with any violent crimes An ACLU report © 2014 titled War Comes Home -- The Excessive Militarization of American Policing says that in their ...
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Are the UK and Sweden in violation of international law with respect to detaining Julian Assange?

An editorial opinion (16 August 2012) from The Guardian was that Assange is not entitled to protection under the 1951 UN refugee convention. Refugee protection does not apply to the WikiLeaks founder ...
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Are Swedish police banned from describing criminals?

An internal memo from the police is covered by a news paper article Får interna direktiv: Ange inte signalement. The article does not contain the entire memo, but it does cite a few key parts of it. ...
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Do Kaziranga National Park workers shoot and kill poachers?

As far as we can tell, yes. Rangers in Kaziranga park have killed 72 suspected poachers between 2007 and February 10th, 2017 Here is a report from the BBC from February 10th regarding the park and ...
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Did the city of Berlin set up safe zones for women for New Year’s Eve 2017/2018?

RBB summarizes it after the night as: Zum ersten Mal hatte es auf der Festmeile einen gesonderten Anlaufpunkt für Frauen gegeben, die sich sexuell bedrängt oder belästigt fühlen. Die in einem DRK-...
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Are a majority of the FBI's most wanted fugitive murderers born outside the USA?

The Center for Immigration Studies released a study in 2009 which makes the claim given in the question. Its claim was misquoted (as 57/76 instead of 57% of 76): It gives the source as the FBI Most ...
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Can you legally drive away when Wisconsin police officer knocks on your car window?

In this case the car being knocked upon was not being pulled over. Deputy Small pulled into the parking lot and parked his marked squad car behind Vogt's vehicle a little off to the driver's side. ...
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Have the USDA bullied (allegedly criminal) raisin-marketers?

Yes, the actions of the USDA were found to be unconstitutional in HORNE ET AL. v. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE in 2015 after the OP question was asked. The decision states: In 2002–2003, raisin ...
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Did a non-US Hungarian citizen get extradited to the United States for not reporting an American customer of his bank?

There was more involved according to the US Department of Justice. “As alleged in the indictment, the defendants engaged in an elaborate multi-year scheme to defraud the investing public of millions ...
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Do Virgina and Connecticut have the death penalty for those who work on Sunday?

It is true that the death penalty was available to punish people who worked on Sunday in Connecticut and Virginia. In Connecticut (specifically the New Haven Colony, not the entire state), ...
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Did the city of Berlin set up safe zones for women for New Year’s Eve 2017/2018?

Yes, Berlin set up one place that could reasonably be translated from German to English as a “safe zone for women”. No, this “safe zone” does NOT involve a large-scale, gender-segregated area where ...
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Are private contractors being used by Federal Agencies in the response to the ongoing George Floyd protests?

[Disclosure: This answer was written by the author of the Medium article, Bill Conroy.] The contractor in Portland is revealed in this follow-up story: Medium: Private Contractor Assisting Feds in ...
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Did a criminal call smartphone encryption a "gift from God"?

Here is a more detailed excerpt, including the quote from the alleged recording, from New York County District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr's written testimony at the Senate committee hearing: Recently, ...
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Can you legally drive away when Wisconsin police officer knocks on your car window?

Another gem from the decision (EDIT: as @DavePhD correctly points out, this quote is from the earlier decision on the motion to suppress, but the S.Ct. decision supports this view more or less fully ...
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