Norwegian police engage in a rap battle with minority youth

PolicePhoto: Gorm Kallestad / NTB
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The police in Oslo “respond to charges” and take part in a rap battle in front of the Norwegian Storting. The purpose is to bring out the police’s perspective on a so-called receipt scheme.

The OMOD Center for Social Justice has worked almost 30 years for a national receipt scheme where the police commit to logging their checks.

A marking in front of the Storting was held in connection with the Oslo City Council now agreeing to implement a pilot project with a receipt scheme.

As part of the celebration, a rap/slam competition is held for young people under the age of 25, where the police also present their own rap artist in full uniform.

It is Hanne Markhus Andersen from Unit East in the Oslo police district who will rap on behalf of the police. She is a rapper and a “slam poet” in her spare time.

She presents a pre-made song that was recorded in Uganda, which is contrary to the traditional rules of the game in a so-called rap battle where the stanzas typically come spontaneously in live matches.

“The idea behind our participation is to listen to what different parts of the population have to say about the topic. We also hope that the participation of the police can send a signal that all legal statements and opinions are welcome and taken seriously in our democracy. Hanne has also received permission from the chief of police to pose in uniform”, senior adviser Steinar Wulfsberg-Gamre for communication in the Oslo police district wrote in an email to NTB.

Source: ©️ NTB Scanpix / #NorwayTodayTravel

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