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Cops in crisis: what seems to be the matter officer?


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Traditionally, the role of the police was to protect individuals from crime and disorder. Today, they not only stand accused of restricting free speech and free assembly by arresting tweeters and kettling protestors, but seem inept at dealing with public order situations. During the riots 2 years ago, with police failing to provide basic security, even the pro-police Tories denounced their ‘timid’ response. In other areas of life, however, the police seem to be reaching far beyond their historic brief, arresting football fans for singing offensive chants or issuing on-the-spot fines for dropping cigarette butts. Filmed at the non-‘PC’ Battle of Ideas.

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Sophia said:

This is very important discussion in a time where more controversies within the police force are arising in the public domain. However, I agree with Kirk Leech that people today are more concerned with the police forces “abdication of the law” rather than being anti-police.

Marco said:

Why do we need the police? They don’t deal with theft; they seem obsessed with our private lives and spend more time cooking up processes to be PC’s PC. Are they of any great use?

Gina Frobisher said:

They clearly were in a huge mess during the riots, I think Bloom’s point about the Independent Police Complaints Commission is right, there is nothing independent about it.