Friday, 23 October 2009

Armed cops let loose in London

POLICE armed with submachine guns are to be let loose on the streets of London on a routine basis, it has been announced.

The cops from specialist unit CO19, formerly known as SO19, are the same ones who shot dead Jean Charles de Menezes at Stockwell station in 2005, after wrongly identifying him as a 'terrorist'.

Since they got away with that one scot-free, there is little hope that they will feel the need to alter their trigger-happy "shoot first, ask questions later" attitude.

Reported The Daily Telegraph on October 23: "The team of 18 constables, led by an inspector and two sergeants, will begin their patrols of Brixton, Haringey and Tottenham on Nov 9, following successful trial schemes.

"The officers – some on motorbikes – will carrying out weapon "sweeps" of their neighbourhoods in an effort to deter gang members from carrying guns, and are also intended to be a reassuring presence for residents."

Except the residents who get shot, presumably.

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