Govanhill’s new top cop has warned online trolls to stop scapegoating ethnic minorities over crime.So there’s no crime and it’s all in people’s imagination?
The 52-year-old who was “born and brought up in the south side” became the area commander last month.
His tenure began a week before Police Scotland parachuted in an additional 21 officers from its Force Flexible Policing Unit (FFPU), an offshoot of the Violence Reduction Division.
In an exclusive interview with the Evening Times, CI McInarlin denied that the special measure was due to a spike in violent crime.Oh. Right. Guess not, then. They just had 21 officers sitting around twiddling their thumbs?
CI McInarlin said: “The feeling that all this crime and disorder is caused by the influx in Roma into Govanhill just isn’t the case at all.
“We do record ethnicity by way of victims and accused persons and, despite the rumours and suspicion, we can’t point the finger at the Roma.
“You see them standing on the corner but they are not actually doing anything. I think the problem is that local people who have lived there all of their lives are threatened. “I think we really need to be careful and sensitive around that. The last thing we want to do is start a race or ethnicity war around about that.
“Some of these Facebook accounts are close to the bone and I think they need to be very careful about the language they are using.”Sounds like they are, and you are frustrated that you can't arrest them as a result. But maybe your officers are too busy with real crime?
When asked to explain the “increased fear of crime” CI McInarlin brings up two high profile cases where pensioners were targeted.
The first was in July when a 73-year-old woman had her necklace ripped off as she walked along Alison Street.
Then, last month, a 76-year old man was assaulted and robbed of £40 in Govanhill Park.
Police are still hunting for the thugs who attacked both pensioners.*sighs*
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