One former Met commander said the scenes of near anarchy were unprecedented and that it was ‘totally unacceptable’ for jurors to be intimidated for simply doing their public duty.Note: a former Met Commander. And what are the current ones doing?
Scotland Yard last night declined to comment on any measures to protect the jury.It seems that no matter how many times they try appeasement of a section of society who will not be appeased by anything less than total surrender, it doesn't work. But do they learn from this?
The violence continued outside as Met Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley was spat at as he tried to make a conciliatory statement.
But Scotland Yard said no inquiry was taking place into potential public order offences or other crimes because ‘no complaint has been made’.I hope you feel that whatever gong or safe cushy office job you get given as a result of this sacrificial offering is worth it, Mark. Because I don't think there's anything that could persuade me that it is.
But then I have personal integrity and clearly, that's not something that the modern police 'service' select for.
Especially in its top brass:
Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe met with community leaders as he said the force must work harder to build trust with the black population.How about you invite them in, sit them down and then tell them what you really think of them? Something along the lines of this:
"Good morning. You'll note there's no tea and biscuits. Well, that's because you won't be here long.
I called you all here to point out that we, the Met, have finally had enough.
You're 'angry and upset' about the verdict of a court of inquest? Really? When was the last time you got 'angry and upset' when one of the 'community' you claim to represent shoots or stabs another 'community member' in the street? Why don't you get 'angry and upset' that your 'community' is shown behaving worse than animals on public TV?
Here's a thought for you - instead of sitting here demanding more 'respect' from the Met, why don't you go out there and ensure that you finally have a community that is worthy of respect? A community who isn't always in the papers for their excesses, their debauchery, their chips on shoulders, their constant whinging that wider society owes them a living?
Why don't you try connecting with that section of your community that works hard, pays their bills and doesn't raise their children to be ill-educated arrogant street scum?
In fact, I think in future, I'll be listening a lot more to this section of community, and a lot less to you. Because listening to you hasn't got us anywhere, so maybe I've finally realised that you have nothing to say that's worth listening to...
Now get out of my office. And next time I see you, it better not be in a custody unit!"
Try being a man, Bernie. You never know, it might just grow on you..