Sunday, March 05, 2006

London Cartoon Demo: Arrests Imminent

DFH reader 'Grimer' has kindly sent me a copy of the letter he received from the Metropolitan Police’s Internal Investigations Command in reply to his complaint about the policing of the February 3 cartoon demo in London. The full letter can be seen here.

I’ll start with the scoop:

There are a couple of phrases that don’t instil total confidence - “arrests are to be expected imminently” and “the Crown Prosecution Service” - but here’s hoping.

The reply, from Detective Chief Inspector Ravern Stevens, begins with a little background to the events:

The police in London will arrest someone for reading out a list of names, and yet they let a group of terrorist sympathisers with placards that incite murder dictate the terms of a demonstration? That ain’t right. And while the demonstrators were appeased, onlookers were not:
When a white, working-class Englishman leaped out of his van to complain about the signs, a copper angrily told him he had “one second” to get back in his van and “get out of here.” But the placard-bearers were allowed to express themselves freely.
A couple of days ago I asked why the police were wasting time putting out incident signs appealing for witnesses when there was ample evidence already available. I’m happy to report that, according to DCI Stevens, the police had actually thought of this all by themselves:

I still think the "Operation Laverda" signs are a PR exercise, though.

Grimer’s complaint against the police has been rejected on the grounds that neither he nor a relative was present at the demonstration and so he personally could not have been “adversely affected” by the Met's policing methods on that day. I doubt that was Grimer’s contention in the first place. I'm guessing he feels the same as me - pissed off with the direction our police force is taking under politically correct careerist coppers happy to do the bidding of their political masters. They are creating long term problems that will "adversely affect" us all.

We don’t need new laws - we want the ones we’ve got policed properly.

Update. 7:15 PM. More on this at Rottweiler Puppy who also received Grimer's letter.


Blogger Charles Martel said...

is it odd that the cops are quick to act when a gollywog shows up. but islamists calling for MY DEATH and MY FAMILIES DEATH are ok.
get a load of this

lets be honest - is this what our forefathers on D-Day fought for? is this the kind of society that those brave Spitfire pilots fought for?

12:20 am  
Blogger Charles Martel said...

sorry - typo - "isnt it odd"

12:21 am  
Anonymous Grimer said...

I didn't actually complain 'against the police'. I filled out their online form and reported a 'hate crime'.

10:02 am  
Blogger DFH said...

Grimer said... I didn't actually complain 'against the police'. I filled out their online form and reported a 'hate crime'.

I apologise, but that’s hard to judge from the reply. You reported a hate crime but the letter you received deals with why the police didn't act on the day.

It's obviously a form letter they're sending out to all complainants explaining why the complaints aren’t valid. By dealing with it in this way they don’t have to register the hate crime, which stays off the stats and lets Mayor Ken and Sir Ian claim that London is a big happy melting pot. Or am I being cynical?

Charles. I agree, the priorities are all wrong.

10:50 am  
Anonymous Grimer said...

There's no need to apologise, thanks for taking the time to blog about it.

I don't think you're being cynical. I'd probably go further and suggest that they don't want to log hate crimes commited by 'ethnic minorities' against the 'indiginous' population. It's hard to keep up the pretence that Muslims are the real victims of the London bombings, if they are statistically the main perpetrators of hate crimes.

3:25 pm  

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