Po­lice re­spond to crit­i­cism

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Po­lice forces across Lon­don have re­sponded to Shadow Home Sec­re­tary Diane Ab­bott’s crit­i­cism of the Met’s new tac­tic of ram­ming flee­ing scoot­ers and mo­tor­cy­cles.

The Labour MP for Hack­ney North and Stoke New­ing­ton took to Twit­ter to say that of­fi­cers are “not above the law” and that “knock­ing peo­ple off bikes is po­ten­tially very dan­ger­ous”. But Cam­den po­lice of­fi­cers hit back, say­ing that some­one who is re­spon­si­ble for law-mak­ing should re­alise that us­ing tac­ti­cal con­tact to ter­mi­nate dan­ger­ous pur­suits was “en­tirely within our law­ful power”.

Cam­den Po­lice said: “Some­one who’s re­spon­si­ble for law-mak­ing (or at least de­bat­ing and rat­i­fy­ing new leg­is­la­tion) should prob­a­bly re­alise that us­ing tac­ti­cal con­tact to ter­mi­nate dan­ger­ous pur­suits is en­tirely within our law­ful power… And our re­spon­si­bil­ity.”

Of­fi­cers from Waltham For­est also replied, say­ing: “To mit­i­gate risk to the pub­lic and also of­fend­ers, we use a range of tac­tics in­clud­ing tac­ti­cal con­tact. There has been a sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tion in mo­tor­cy­cle and scooter crime with a de­crease of 10,974 of­fences to date this year in com­par­i­son to 2017.”

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