December 20th, 2011

Bang bang

Posted in The Job - Comment by 200

So the civil libertairians are up in arms that a leading QC has suggested that one of the powers open to police officers in dealing with rioters is the use of live bullets.

This is a non starter for several reasons, firstly, there isn’t much chance of finding a police officer who has any bullets within  thirty minutes of the need to use them. Secondly, there is no way on God’s earth that MPs would run the risk of allowing police officers to fully protect members of the public or themselves, with the right tools for the job.

The thought does have some attractions though. Rioters are free to break into anyone’s property, loot it and set fire to it even though there are people asleep in the flats above, because they know the UK police do not have the resources to deal with them. The thought that they might actually be stopped and arrested is one so far divorced from reality that they must laugh at it.

I wonder how many of them would have set fire to buildings knowing that they could be shot by a police sniper on a roof down the road?

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  1. MyLeftPenguin says:

    James Delingpole in the Daily Telegraph (check out the link) manages to agree with you and slag off the police all in one blog. He is a prize knob though.

    December 21st, 2011 at 15:08

  2. boy on a bike says:

    By comparison, have a look at this gallery of 32 photos showing our local cops hunting a murder suspect in thick bushland.

    I prefer our approach. I haven’t read or heard of a single peep of protest at heavily armed Police wandering around trying to nail this bloke. Not one.

    December 22nd, 2011 at 11:21

  3. shijuro says:


    When you see Police Officers (PS Smellie) LOCKED UP for using a BATON LAWFULLY…you realise how mind numbingly thick that comment was…


    December 22nd, 2011 at 12:39

  4. Ted says:

    When a large part of the press can’t get over the police shooting a barrister who was discharging a shotgun in an urban area I think the idea of any cop being asked to take the decision to shoot unarmed rioters is a big ask.

    Get the rules and culture for the current use of lethal and non lethal force right before thinking about ideas like shooting rioters.

    December 22nd, 2011 at 13:19

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