A former senior Metropolitan Police officer has called for stronger measures to be used against criminals who operate on mopeds, even if it results in their deaths./applause
But wait! 'Former'..?
Referring to a daylight knife attack using a moped he witnessed on Friday, Mr Videcette told The Independent: “I don’t care how many of them fall off and kill themselves because they’re not wearing a crash helmet. We cannot allow them to behave like this in the capital city.”
He added: “No police officer wants anyone to die. But you should stop when the police indicate you do so. If you continue on, after that point, whatever happens is down to you, not the police.”
“If the choice is these [pursued] criminals falling off and killing themselves, that the choice we’re going to have to make.”'We'..? You left, remember? That's the only reason you feel free to say this!
Otherwise you'd be toeing the ACPO official line like the rest of your 'brothers in blue'.
But the IPCC rejected accusations of overzealousness, saying guidelines for pursuits were set by the police themselves.
‘Tactical contacts’ – in which rogue riders are knocked off their scooters at lower speeds – are allowed with authorisation.Whether the top brass ever authorise it is another matter entirely! We've seen how they pussyfoot and prevaricate and fret when 'da comoonity' is involved.
Mr Videcette argued the spate of moped crime was a culmination of criminality which had increased since the death of Henry Hicks, 18, who died after losing control of his scooter during a 2014 chase in north London.
Four officers face a misconduct hearing in October. The death of Mr Hicks – who was in possession of drugs and cash – was described by Mr Videcette as a “watershed moment” in the way police officers who pursued suspects on vehicles were treated.Anyone who watched the series 'The Met: Policing London' will remember we were treated to a glimpse of the folk who bred Hicks and how they react to any sign of police trying to enforce the law...
And when the police respond to such open displays of contempt and violence by going 'softly softly' and hands off, and trotting out hackneyed phrases about 'understanding the community's anger', they will continue to act like this. Because there are no consequences any more.