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Started by Agaliarept on Nov 23, 2018 2:34:42 PM
Hit squad: police pursuit drivers ram fleeing moped gangs in new 'tactical contact' policy

These dramatic images today reveal Scotland Yard’s new hardline war on London’s violent moped gangs.

Extraordinary dashcam footage shows police pursuit drivers ramming fleeing moped thugs, sending them sprawling in the road. Police said the new strategy of ending pursuits with what the Met calls “tactical contact” was now in common use across London.

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/gotcha-dramatic-footage-reveals-met-polices-new-hardline-war-on-londons-violent-moped-gangs-a3998141.html

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Agaliarept - 23 Nov 2018 14:35:31 (#1 of 631)

Can't see this tactic getting massive amounts of support here but what do you lot reckon?

Should the police be allowed to use their cars to separate riders from mopeds?

thePiMan - 23 Nov 2018 14:37:08 (#2 of 631)

Yes. Absolutely.

Agaliarept - 23 Nov 2018 14:38:11 (#3 of 631)

I'm all for it. It looks so much fun I might even try to join the Met!

solomongursky - 23 Nov 2018 14:40:01 (#4 of 631)

The coppers love it a bit too much but moped gangs are horrible scrotes so there's a lot to be said for both sides.

Jacob_Richter - 23 Nov 2018 14:42:43 (#5 of 631)

...until one of them is killed.

thePiMan - 23 Nov 2018 14:43:28 (#6 of 631)

Meh, they now know he risks.

Tadagee - 23 Nov 2018 14:44:30 (#7 of 631)

And in English...?

FrankieTeardrop - 23 Nov 2018 14:44:52 (#8 of 631)

"...until one of them is killed."

Very easy for them to avoid being killed. Much easier than it is for delivery drivers to avoid having acid thrown in their faces.

Jacob_Richter - 23 Nov 2018 14:46:45 (#9 of 631)

Judge Dredd there.

Agaliarept - 23 Nov 2018 14:47:08 (#10 of 631)

...until one of them is killed.

Or they mistakenly knock off an innocent who gets hurt.

widenation - 23 Nov 2018 14:47:43 (#11 of 631)

Some kid will end up dead or in a wheelchair for the rest of his life as a result of tactics like this - and probably as a result of mistaken identity, or an officer misreading a situation.

FrankieTeardrop - 23 Nov 2018 14:48:18 (#12 of 631)

I don't know what the answer is, Jacob. There's only so many times people can have acid thrown in their face before the police will be called on to do something.

What is a better way of dealing with it?

Tripos - 23 Nov 2018 14:49:37 (#13 of 631)

That is quite a turnaround from the previous situation where we were told scooter riders cannot be pursued to now ramming the scooters with police cars.

helbel - 23 Nov 2018 14:52:49 (#14 of 631)

IIRC the scooter riders take their helmets off so that the police won't pursue them.

Jacob_Richter - 23 Nov 2018 14:53:10 (#15 of 631)

Not in that footage.

Tripos - 23 Nov 2018 14:54:00 (#16 of 631)

But now taking their helmet off wont stop the pursuit.

FrankieTeardrop - 23 Nov 2018 14:54:03 (#17 of 631)

I agree - a policy of ramming scooters is all kinds of trouble waiting to happen. The problem is - there don't appear to be many other options to deal with the problem and stamp it out.

Jacob_Richter - 23 Nov 2018 14:54:53 (#18 of 631)

That was a quick turn around - well done.

FrankieTeardrop - 23 Nov 2018 14:58:24 (#19 of 631)

Still not sure what your great idea is, though.

levelgaze - 23 Nov 2018 15:07:41 (#20 of 631)

I am imagining a newsreader intoning

TACTICAL CONTACT!!

whilst rubbing himself furtively beneath the desk.

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