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originally posted by: theabsolutetruth
I agree that you might be taking a specific incident out of proportion.
In Gloucester there were attempts to break into less than a dozen local stores and glass-fronted betting shops. There was an unconfirmed report that a pet shop was targeted.
“It will be a disaster,”
“I can tell you why it will be a disaster. If you privatise the police force, the government is no longer responsible. It won’t be about crime any more, it will be about making money.”
“If you go to the police and they’re a private company, they won’t listen to you, just like if you go to a bank and ask for money – they can just say no. At the moment, the government is ultimately responsible.”
“We want the police to be accountable to the public and not a fly-by-night private conglomerate.”
“We’re going to fight [police privatisation] tooth and nail. Down to the wire. You and I together can make a difference.”
Relations between the black community and the police were very tense. Despite the lack of respect shown to the family in the past (they had to resort to a private prosecution) Neville gave credit to the police officers who led the most recent investigation. "If they had been there at the start we would have had a just solution", he said. He still hopes that the murder weapon can be found to provide the evidence to bring others who were undoubtedly involved to justice.
And he had a warning about privatisation of police services. If that went ahead it would be harder to make complaints and there would be "no control over the police".
originally posted by: smurfy
How come there are so few police here in NI, yet it is largely peaceful, they are often on the beat, and you can engage with them, just like it used to to be many Moons ago.
originally posted by: bastion
I don't think this is a likely scenario in the slightest considering the met have water cannons and rubber baton rounds ready for deployment and regularly use kettling and police horse charges at peaceful protests before a single offence is committed, have more powers than ever and not a single officer has been prosecuted despite hundreds dying while in police custody.
originally posted by: Firefly_
...if they start to police this country then I think its time to emigrate.