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originally posted by: Kandinsky
a reply to: Irishhaf
There's a lot of culture at play here too. UK cops have armed response teams who travel in specialist vehicles where they can store handguns in a lockable centre console. They need to be called and given permission to open fire unless directly under threat or a civilian is directly under threat. There are no trigger-happy cowboys discharging weapons and every time a bullet is fired they have an investigation.
In the majority of cases, UK police have the benefit of time. They can stand back, discuss and weigh up options.
This wouldn't work in the States with an armed populace and where many police are as scared of those they protect as the civilians are of them.
originally posted by: CharlieSpeirs
Last time there was a high profile shooting in London there were riots across the UK...
With us or against us...
They found out they don't have the man power to shoot us down for nothing.
Media is the worst...
They showed pictures of the pig's victim in a light that painted him as a thug where he looked "angry"...
Turns out it was a face of heartbreak at his baby daughter's grave which they'd zoomed in on for the "thug look"!!!
Media wouldn't do that???
Scumbag pigs & scumbag media can't predict a riot though!