Still later, the whole story turned out to be an inside prank. On Wednesday afternoon, Swedish police issued a press statement explaining that none of the previously reported episodes had in fact happened, not even the call. The misunderstanding proved to be the result of an officer trying to amuse his colleagues with a joke written on the police log. The "Klan meeting" was later accidentally reported to Swedish media by another officer as an accomplished fact, even if he was unsure whether it had actually happened or not.
"This is not acceptable. You have to be able to trust that the information the police hands out is correct. But sometimes mistakes slip in. In this case it was a joke that came out all wrong," Fredrik Lindfors, head of the police in the Södra Vätterbygden region, said in a written statement.
The Ku Klux Klan is the umbrella term for primarily American right-wing extremist hood-wearing sects advocating white supremacy, white nationalism, anti-immigration, Nordicism and "purification" of the society.
Earlier this year, unfortunate and unsolicited Klan connotations forced Swedish petrol stations to change their flag sequence after web users found the image of three K's "suggestive."