The admission from the Metropolitan Police chief comes amid a knife crime epidemic.
Cressida Dick said officers feared breaching rules on harassing ethnic minorities.
Britain’s top cop said officers are too scared of rules on harassing ethnic minorities amid an eight-year high in knife crime
BRITAIN’S top cop admits PCs are too scared to stop and search suspects, despite an eight-year high in knife crime that has seen London overtake New York for murders.
The Met chief said: “Cops probably did lose confidence. They were fearful they might get into trouble or might not be supported if they had a complaint.”
So far this year fifteen people have been murdered in the capital, compared to 14 in New York.
MP Sir Mike Penning, an ex-police minister, says cops fear ruining their careers if they break frisking rules.
UK Police Chief Cressida Dick says social media is behind soaring rate of knife crime
Cressida Dick says trivial disputes can escalate when rivals goad one another online
Cressida Dick is the UK’s version of Marie Harf, an Obamunist spokesturd who got a gig on Fox for being outrageously stupid.
Britain’s most senior police officer has blamed social media for the soaring rate of knife crime in the UK, particularly among children.
Thinking about it.. She’s right.. Police are spending too much time policing social media, instead of tackling actual crime.
Next she might suggest the crimes are connected to Global Warming.
After 13 Londoners were killed in two weeks this month, Met police commissioner Cressida Dick said websites and mobile phone applications such as YouTube, Snapchat and Instagram were partially to blame for the bloodshed.
Speaking to the Times, Dick said trivial disputes could escalate into violence “within minutes” when rivals set out to goad each other on the internet.
“There’s definitely something about the impact of social media in terms of people being able to go from slightly angry with each other to ‘fight’ very quickly,” she said.
She said that insults or threats online “makes [violence] faster, it makes it harder for people to cool down. I’m sure it does rev people up”.
She compared the speed at which young people with no previous or very limited criminal record can become killers to the way some Islamic extremists become radicalised in a matter of days.
Last August, 15-year-old Jermaine Goupall was knifed to death in Thornton Heath in the climax of a feud between rival gangs posting mocking videos on YouTube.
So far this year, 29 people have been knifed to death just in London and fatal stabbings in England and Wales are at their highest levels since 2010-2011.
Dick said drug dealing and absent fathers were also a challenge, but emphasised “it is absolutely as much about socioeconomic factors as anything else”.
She urged recreational drug users to consider the “fear and misery” they were causing by fuelling street dealing and the associated knife crime.
Is social media behind soaring rates of knife crime, or are gangs of violent black youths tooled up with machetes behind soaring rate of black stabbing crime? Failure to identify the truth means failure to stop the crime.
Cressida Dick puts Marie Harf to shame. The latter claimed jihadists only need jobs & Cressida blames social media for jihad. Weapons grade stupidity.