It’s been one of those weeks for Policing. Having got bored of attacking the Police for being over-zealous in enforcing the government’s lockdown, a certain sector of the public have moved on and resurrected Police Racism again.
In London two incidents flooded the Twitter waves
The first related to an operational matter whereby a disinterested observer just assumed that there was a bit of Institutional Racism going on and took to Twitter without waiting to establish the facts.
Just witnessed a whole squadron of @metpoliceuk pulling over cars on tower bridge.— Jessica Turtle (@turtleandturtle) April 18, 2020
Only pulling over cars driven by black men.
White drivers sailing through.
I'm not surprised but I am disgusted.
Shame on our policing system and its enduring institutional racism. 😡 pic.twitter.com/vjDQs7NG4w
The second was a so-called journalist who took a photo in a park and immediately cried racism. When a Local Councillor got an explanation from the Met and passed it on, the author still didn’t have the decency to retract or delete her Tweet.
Black guy being told to leave Clissold Park by 2 police officers while white guy practises handstands nearby. pic.twitter.com/xGjm6Ybz6Y— Rivkah Brown (@RivkahBrown) April 19, 2020
Imagine my delight when I found a couple of good news stories that received nowhere near as much traction as the so called ‘Racism’ tweets did.
Firstly, a young WPC in Rochdale (yes, I did type WPC, no I won’t apologise for it). Any OCU Commander should be extremely proud to have her on under his/her command. An absolute credit to the Police Service, and a thoroughly deserved Commendation.
Not only did Michelle help a vulnerable lady,
On some of her days off she went to the supermarket and bought shopping for them using her own money which she then delivered.
She also baked scones for them, cleaned their kitchen, did their washing and made their beds as well as cooking them a meal amongs other household tasks.
She chose not to tell anybody at work what she had done. A true credit to her profession, and certainly worthy of recognition in an age when it’s fashionable to bash the Police.
Finally, and certainly not least, today I discovered Chaz Singh (@PlymouthChaz) who had tweeted to tell the story of how he had been stopped by the Police, breath tested, and allowed to carry on his way (because it was negative 😂😂)
So I got stopped by @DC_Police— Chaz Singh (@PlymouthChaz) April 22, 2020
Result – 0
Thank you keeping us safe. I was also made aware that the PC had the pizza I delivered earlier from @pizzahutdeliver to @FoodDcfa as well. @CCShaunSawyer @pc_7003 @CarlEveCrime @DCP_Diversity keep up the good work. #RT pic.twitter.com/T2xxhtf5kz
Now Chaz is a man who is quite obviously not white, middle class British. He decribes himself as #thatmanwiththeturban. I immediately loved his attitude. He was open about the fact he had been stopped and the reasons for it. Not only that but he went on to publicise the fact and his positive reaction to it, even including the Chief Constable and the Local Paper in his Tweet.
Reading of Chaz’s experiences also prompted the following complimentary Tweet
My son, a key worker, walking home through Hyde Park to avoid the underground, stopped by police. Explanation given, polite encounter, no problem. Well done @metpoliceuk— Cliff Baxter (@from_Paddington) April 3, 2020
If only more people were willing to publicise their positive experiences like Chaz did. Far too many just want to bitch and moan, or even, and much worse, just make shit up. Tweeting about things that either didn’t happen or the author has no personal knowledge of the event they are negatively publicising. The job of the Police is difficult at the best of times, virtually impossible during the current crisis, and still people seek out opportunities to knock them
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