Yob Rule or Austerity Measures?
The IPCC has admitted it may have mistakenly given "misleading" information to journalists in the wake of the Mark Duggan shooting, it has emerged. After ballistic and forensic examination IPCC has confirmed that there is no evidence to suggest that shot was fired from the hand gun. Rather it said that two shots were fired by a police officer, one of them killing Mr Duggan and other bullet went through his right arm hitting the police speaker. In any event, IPCC statement came too late in the day.
Surprisingly, a peaceful protest was hijacked by inner city gangs, victims of police ‘stop and Search’, unemployed youth, and other poor people from all sections of society. Within a few hours London turned into an inferno as violence erupted in other parts of London: Ealing, Clapham, Islington, Enfield, Oxford Circus, Denmark Hill, Brixton, Walthomstow, Denmark Hill, Hackney, Peckham, Lewisham, Woolwich, Eltham and then to Croydon, Birmingham, Manchester, Nottingham, etc. No one expected that complacency of MET would lead to worst nightmare in the history of United Kingdom with nearly 1,600 people arrested (1061 in London alone) and over 796 charged with arson, looting and criminal disorder. Among those arrested ranges from 11-50 years old boys and girls (both black and white of which only 17% below the age of 25) including a grammar school girl, teaching assistant, Youth Olympic Ambassador, 17 year Ballerina (millionaire’s daughter), army recruit, lifeguard, hairdresser, postman, etc.
Tired and Nervous Police
Gang members were no dumb, they use the mobile phone’s private messaging service – known as BBM – because police can’t monitor it, unlike normal text messages and social networking sites Twitter and Facebook. The BBMs connect users via their private Pin numbers. It was designed for business users and is ultra-secure. One message yesterday urged rioters to link up at Lewisham DLR station. It said: “Bring your cars, vans, hammers the lot!!!” BBM is increasingly used by gangs because it allows owners to communicate with each other instantly, free and in private. Conversations can also be held between multiple gang members simultaneously in “group chat” sessions. The intensity of rioting forced police to surrender the streets of London.
In view of police complacency, in Birmingham a group of Asians came out to protect their property which resulted in reckless driving injury killing three youths. Despite call for an eye for eye and blood for blood, a father of two victims pleaded for calm after his son and two pals were mown down and killed by a car during a second night of rioting in Birmingham. Magistrates Courts sat overnights to deal with the offenders for speedy trial without the fear of sacrificing justice. Among those appeared before the Courts, Linette Livingstone, 58, said she was stunned to learn sons ICHA and MICHA LIVINGSTONE, 19, had been arrested in Brixton. She added: "They are good boys. They were just in the area but the police rounded everyone up and they're in prison. It will kill them." AARON SAMUELS, 19, shouted at the judge: "I don't even get money for housing benefit." Desperation to prosecute the offenders got to its record low when a Magistrate fined £335.22 on a 17-year-old arrested for throwing a £1 coin at a bus door is considerably worse off today.
Ironically, leaders of so-called civilised world are financing and arming rioters and hooligans in the name of protecting innocent people elsewhere at home they are characterising similar unrest as nothing more than sheer criminality. Further, the United Kingdom once considered a place for refuse or safe haven for extradited people in the name of free speech, has reached the highest stage of desperation when Mr. Cameron called for banning on social media net working. A row erupted between the police and the politicians Mr Cameron blaming the police for tactical mistakes for 3 days and attempted to take credit for subsequent action of the police by putting larger number of police force on the street. On the other hand, the Police Chief Mr Hugh Orde defended his force that their action was robust and said that large numbers of force was mobilised even before Mr Cameron returned from his holidays. Of course, subsequent threat of water cannon and rubber bullets may have played some part in calming down the situation. However, ongoing presence of massive police force on the streets shows that, “all is not over”. The issue of unlawful killing has been overshadowed but not forgotten.
It is a forewarning to champions of Neo-liberal polices through globalisation which rendered markets highly sensitive to global crises which does not seem be ending as there are already signs of double dip recession.