Cops get green light to gun down ri­ot­ers

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By SI­MON DEAN si­mon@sun­

COPS have been given the green light to shoot ri­ot­ers DEAD if Bri­tain sees a re­peat of the sum­mer’s dis­tur­bances.

An of­fi­cial re­view of po­lice tac­tics clearly states ar­son­ists at­tack­ing com­mer­cial prop­er­ties con­nected to peo­ple’s homes should get a bel­ly­ful of HOT LEAD!

And the Her Majesty’s In­spec­torate of Con­stab­u­lary re­view added that of­fi­cers should also BLAST ri­ot­ers with plas­tic bul­lets and water can­non.

The use of firearms could be jus­ti­fied given the “im­me­di­acy of the risk and the grav­ity of the con­se­quences”, pub­lished le­gal ad­vice in the re­view said.

Po­lice need to be bet­ter pre­pared, trained and ready to pro­tect the pub­lic if they are to im­prove their re­sponse to sim­i­lar scenes of vi­o­lence and loot­ing in the fu­ture, the re­view found.


It also called for clear rules of en­gage­ment to es­tab­lish “an agreed en­ve­lope of avail­able tac­tics and as­so­ci­ated use of force that are likely to main­tain pub­lic sup­port”.

These rules could in­clude mak­ing clear that armed po­lice may use firearms with live am­mu­ni­tion dur­ing “ar­son at­tacks on com­mer­cial build­ings with link­age to dwellings”.

The re­view added that plas­tic bul­lets could also be con­sid­ered when bar­ri­cades and mis­siles were used by pro­test­ers, dur­ing vi­o­lent at­tacks on the pub­lic in the pres­ence of po­lice and when other emer­gency ser­vices are threat­ened.

They could also be used when petrol bombs are thrown or used dur­ing ar­son at­tacks.

All of these scenes were ex­pe­ri­enced by of­fi­cers this sum­mer.

The re­view added that water can­non were an “ef­fec­tive means of dis­per­sal and in­cur fewer in­juries to the pub­lic” in static and slow-mov­ing sce­nar­ios.

But it con­ceded there were none on the main­land UK, they cost more than £1 mil­lion each and need to be de­ployed in twos to be ef­fec­tive.

Water can­non also have to be pro­tected by of­fi­cers and need ac­cess to water as they can empty in “a mat­ter of min­utes” when used con­tin­u­ously.

It comes in sharp con­trast to a re­port by the Com­mons Home Af­fairs Se­lect Com­mit­tee ear­lier this week which said it would have been “in­ap­pro­pri­ate as well as dan­ger­ous to have em­ployed water can­non and ba­ton rounds”.

Their use “could have es­ca­lated and in­flamed the sit­u­a­tion fur­ther”, MPS said.

FIGHT­BACK: Cops will carry live rounds in fu­ture ri­ot­ing

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