My question for today is should the Police be armed?
Remember...they're not soliders
Arguments for include.. some criminals are armed, so the police need to protect themselves
( yet its not good if people feel they need to protect themselves from the police.. after all, are they not here to protect and serve?)
Arguments against include .. trigger happy police will shoot people. Thats a risk to all, but especially those of us who are 'black' or non white.
We have an armed response team here in London [click] but even then, mistakes have been made. I remember the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes [click] which occurred in the aftermath of the London bombings, and more recently, the shooting of Mark Duggan [click] which lead to our most recent London riots.
I'm sure there are times when a gun is needed. Times when it may need to be used. So..perhaps the issue is with recruitment. If you put a gun in the hands of a racist he, or she, will possibly shoot black people. A less scathing comment would be.. If you give authority to a moron he or she, will abuse it
An even less scathing comment would be.. no sorry it's early.. and I haven't got one yet
To be fair, policing is a tough job. But its made tougher perhaps when those who enter the force do so for the wrong reasons, or if or when, they bring hatred and prejudice to work.
I don't get it.
I think in London we may still have it better than in other parts of the world..
But 'black people' tend to get a raw deal 'everytime', no matter which part of the world they be
Why is that?