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Policywatcher - 12 Jan 2018 22:17:13 (#1 of 55)

An internal investigation by the Metropolitan Police concluded that the arrest had been reasonable and no misconduct proceedings were necessary, but the finding was overruled.



... “Despite the obvious description of the suspect as white, the first officer on the scene instead immediately targets a black man and then uses excessive force to arrest him.



... “What is equally concerning is that the police’s own investigation concluded that the officers had done nothing wrong. It was only when the IOPC reviewed the evidence and issued a directive for a misconduct hearing that they were called to task over their behaviour.”



... There was no sufficient explanation of why Mr Okorodudu had been identified as a suspect when all four officers had been given a full and accurate description of the real thief’s race and clothing, it said.



Officers claimed the lighting was poor but the IOPC said the colour of his skin and jacket “was clear” in CCTV footage.

bossab2 - 12 Jan 2018 22:37:26 (#2 of 55)

The Met writing its own excuse notes again...

rgtstoppedcounting - 12 Jan 2018 22:47:43 (#3 of 55)

Aren't you always pleased at our near-unique absence of routinely armed police then, PW?

AlanII - 12 Jan 2018 22:51:30 (#4 of 55)

Don't they always have one in the car?

TigerPaws - 12 Jan 2018 22:54:34 (#5 of 55)

I've seen them walking around with massive weapons after a terrorist attack.

invicta - 12 Jan 2018 23:00:17 (#6 of 55)

Those are specialist officers, not the average plod.

bossab2 - 12 Jan 2018 23:07:55 (#7 of 55)

Clearly the average plod can't be trusted with firearms.

invicta - 12 Jan 2018 23:21:48 (#8 of 55)

No, bossab. You're just being silly now.

moto748 - 12 Jan 2018 23:36:00 (#9 of 55)

Armed police are pretty widespread in London.

Tenesmus - 12 Jan 2018 23:40:33 (#10 of 55)

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/sep/22/one-in-three-uk-officers-want-all-police-to-carry-guns-survey-finds

invicta - 12 Jan 2018 23:41:25 (#11 of 55)

No surprise there. Would you want to have to potentially face murderous loonies armed with a stick?

rgtstoppedcounting - 12 Jan 2018 23:43:24 (#12 of 55)

Amazing. 2/3 still don't want to carry firearms. Good on them.

Pentecost - 12 Jan 2018 23:44:43 (#13 of 55)

Actually: Police Federation finds 55% of rank and file in England and Wales would carry a firearm if asked or ordered to,

Pentecost - 12 Jan 2018 23:46:19 (#14 of 55)

The federation represents more than 122,000 officers, of whom 23% replied to the survey.

Tenesmus - 12 Jan 2018 23:47:20 (#15 of 55)

I can't remember which American comedian said it, but something along the lines of "back home, the police shout 'stop or I'll shoot'. Here, they shout 'stop or I'll shout stop again'".

rgtstoppedcounting - 12 Jan 2018 23:47:45 (#16 of 55)

if asked or ordered to

AlanII - 12 Jan 2018 23:47:49 (#17 of 55)

They've been armed for ages. Just not wearing them.

rgtstoppedcounting - 12 Jan 2018 23:48:50 (#18 of 55)

In English, please?

AlanII - 12 Jan 2018 23:49:56 (#19 of 55)

No speekee pidgin wallah

Tenesmus - 12 Jan 2018 23:51:31 (#20 of 55)

The Octavia has a boot full of shooters?

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