The force is facing criticism of its response to the attacks, including why the attacker was allowed to wander the city for as long as he did. The Labour MP for Perry Barr, Khalid Mahmood, asked why the suspect had “two hours to run around the city centre” despite the high number of CCTV cameras. “Where was the monitoring? Both the public and police were put at further risk.”
It's a fair question. As the first of the reports were coming in, people were begging for a description. As you would expect. They needed to know who to potentially be wary of.
The West Midlands police and crime commissioner, David Jamieson, defended the force, saying it had had to trawl through thousands of hours of CCTV footage.
He told Times Radio: “They had to find significant quality of pictures to be able to put out so people could give some sort of recognition. So that did take time.
“What we had initially in the first few hours was a very broad description of the person, but of course thousands of people in Birmingham look like that, it’s not very helpful putting out that rather broad description, we need to have something more specific.”
Really? That's your excuse? You needed a picture for the media? It would have been just terrible if people had avoided young black men in the city centre, or given them a wary glance or two?
More terrible than having other people stabbed in the meantime?
It beggars belief but it seems our emasculated police force really does put political correctness above public safety. And here's the proof.