Friday, October 23, 2009

Flak Jackets at the ready!

Oh heck, another hazard has cropped up for people living or visiting London. The prospect of an armed police service moved a step closer yesterday when Scotland Yard announced the formation of a new firearms unit that will routinely patrol gun crime hotspots in London. The team is drawn from the CO19, the Metropolitan Police specialist firearms unit, members of which shot dead Jean Charles de Menezes at Stockwell Tube station after mistaking him for a suicide bomber in 2005.

The armed patrols are being deployed after a dramatic rise in gun crime. They will target key areas in North London, where Turkish gangs are engaged in a bloody turf war, and south of the Thames, where gangland shooting incidents have soared. The C019 Proactive Unit will walk estates while some officers will use motorbikes to provide the capability for high-speed pursuit.

...Oh dear, this is what it has come to, Armed Police routinely on London streets. I think this is a very sad move indeed and it shows that our elected representatives have no control over the Police forces paid for by you and me the taxpayer. I can see no need for routine Armed Police patrols in London. These criminals using guns are only interested in other criminals on their patch and not the ordinary man in the street. The last thing we want is trigger happy Police flexing their muscles as our society is being sucked into a Police State. It can only be a matter of time before there is another Jean Charles de Menezes style shooting. Trouble is, it could so easily be you or me going about our daily business and not hearing that fatal bullet whistling through the air.
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