Four officers have been stabbed during an incident in London this morning.
A 32-year old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. It follows an incident in which a man threatened officers with a broken light strip before making off. He was chased in and out of shops, threw objects at the officers and smashed a police car window with a brick. He then ran into a butcher’s shop where he grabbed a 12-inch knife and stabbed one officer in the stomach, another in the arm, a third in the leg and inflicted slash wounds to a fourth.
The officers were unarmed. I’m guessing they didn’t have a Taser between them either√ā¬†since√ā¬†the previous Met Commissioner refused to issue non-firearms officers, despite most other forces in the country issuing them to at least a proportion of each front line shift.
Personally, I think that whether they had Taser or not is a moot point. The violent scum that did this should have been shot the moment he picked up a knife. Of course, the chances of that happening are pretty remote in most areas of the country who have to wait for tens of minutes at the barest minimum for a firearms officer to arrive. When incidents of this happen you want a firearm within a couple of seconds not one that is 40 miles across the other side of the county.
The new√ā¬†Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Bernard Hogan-Howe said: “It was shocking that on a hopefully quiet Saturday morning in a London residential area we had such a terrible incident.√ā¬†It just shows the difficult job that police officers do.”
Let’s see if Hogan-Howe puts his money with his mouth is and does something to give Met officers the protection they deserve. Personally, I hope the injured officers use the Federation sue the arse off him and his predecessor for refusing to√ā¬†supply√ā¬†a suitable level of personal protection equipment.
I hope the officers make a full and speedy recovery.