A top police officer in the force investigating the deaths of three men who tried to defend shops during last week's riots has said looters should be shown compassion.Yes, it just had to be the bright spark who ‘leads’ West Midlands Police, who must be the most dysfunctional force this side of Essex.
Chris Sims, chief constable of West Midlands Police, said that rioters in Birmingham had led difficult and 'tragic' lives, and should be dealt with in a 'pragmatic way'.
Speaking to councillors in the city he revealed that he had spoken to several youngsters arrested after last week's violent scenes.I suppose we should count ourselves lucky he didn't follow the example of his force when dealing with the Channel Four documentary and insist his officers go and arrest some of the victims of the rioting!
He said: 'I spent Saturday evening in the custody block at Steelhouse Lane Police Station. There are tragic offenders as well as tragic victims.
'Young people who have been in care for most of their lives. We need to show some compassion and be pragmatic about how we deal with these people.'