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Police who took selfies next to black women’s dead bodies prove the Met is institutionally racist

Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry: after ignoring reports that they were missing, police who attended when the bodies were found took selfies with them and sent the images to members of the public.

I’m sure you all remember the wave of horror and outrage at the double murder of two black women in Wembley Park, London, earlier this month and the utter indifference of the police who had been told they were missing.

No?

That’s because there wasn’t one – mostly because it wasn’t reported.

Now it has emerged that police officers who were directed to the bodies by the boyfriend of one of the victims – who had gone out to find them himself after the Metropolitan police showed no interest – took selfies of themselves with the bodies and sent the images to members of the public.

Read the end of the above paragraph again.

Instead of carrying out their duty in a reasonable and responsible way, police officers thought it would be a giggle to take photos of themselves with the bodies of murdered black women, and to then send those images to friends – and not just friends in the police, which would have been bad enough, but members of the general public.

There is only one conclusion to be drawn: These were racists who considered Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry to be less than human because of the colour of their skin, and that their dead bodies were therefore playthings to be treated with contempt.

Met police commissioner Cressida Dick has claimed her entire force would condemn this behaviour – but that is not what we see.

We see a police service that is racist to the core.

This is not an isolated incident. It is a symptom of a general pattern of behaviour for which Dick must take responsibility. The organisation she heads is institutionally racist and a figurehead of the systemic racism that plagues the United Kingdom.

For those who aren’t familiar with the details – and I imagine that’s most of you – let’s run over them:

The mother of two sisters murdered in a park said her grief had “been taken to another place” after two officers were suspended amid allegations they took selfies next to their bodies.

Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry were stabbed to death at a park in Wembley earlier this month. Ms Smallman, 27, had been with friends celebrating Ms Henry’s 46th birthday at the park on the evening of 5 June. Detectives believe they were killed by a stranger who repeatedly stabbed them in the early hours of 6 June – their bodies were not found until the following day.

Mina Smallman has complained about the Met’s initial response – saying she had to organise a search for her daughters.

Mrs Smallman said she had coordinated a search operation on weekend her daughters died and it was Nicole’s boyfriend, Adam, who found the sisters’ bodies and the murder weapon.

She says the police were “making assumptions” when they didn’t immediately respond when the sisters were first reported missing.

It’s actually worse than that. Did these women die because police refused to take action?

“I knew instantly why they didn’t care. They didn’t care because they looked at my daughter’s address and thought they knew who she was.

“A black woman who lives on a council estate.”

Speaking to the BBC, Mrs Smallman, the former Archdeacon of Southend, said the pictures “dehumanised” her children.

Mrs Smallman said she was told the photos showed the girls’ faces and she fears the images will appear on the internet.

“This has taken our grief to another place,” she said.

“If ever we needed an example of how toxic it has become, those police officers felt so safe, so untouchable, that they felt they could take photographs of dead black girls and send them on.

“It speaks volumes of the ethos that runs through the Metropolitan Police.”

The Met said two officers had been arrested on suspicion of misconduct in public office and suspended from duty.

No-one has been charged with the murders.

Here‘s what Dick had to say for herself:

Dame Cressida said: “I don’t know all the details but if it is as it appears to be then it is shocking.

“It is disgusting and the whole of the Met would condemn what has happened here.

How has this culture been allowed to fester? I’d suggest it happened in the same way Dick was able to shrug off questions about institutional racism in the BBC’s report:

Asked if she accepted criticism that there may have been an element of institutional racism in the police response to the double murder, Dame Cressida said: “This is a horrible, horrible double murder of two beautiful young women.

“My heart goes out to their family. It is just appalling.

“We have an enormous investigation, very well resourced and using all the expertise not just in London but all across the country and beyond.”

That’s not an answer to the question.

Was she unable to answer it?

We all know that, after she became Met Commissioner in 2017, Dick called for “tougher sentences” to be applied to “teenage thugs” in London who she emphasised as being “black” and “Asian”, although there is no strong racial characteristic to the crimes she was highlighting.

So, if she is trying to claim that there isn’t any racism in the Met, perhaps it’s along the same lines as the subject of this poem:

We need a root and branch reform of the Met. It is no good attacking symptoms – it’s time to rid ourselves of the cause.

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Campaigners against disability discrimination need to watch Cressida Dick’s ‘knife crime’ comments carefully. Here’s the reason

Cressida Dick: She made her comments on the radio station LBC.

It is bad enough that Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick has admitted there is a direct connection between an increase in knife crime and a fall in police numbers.

It shows that police representatives were right to oppose Theresa May’s cuts to the police service, that were imposed when she was Home Secretary and have led to a shocking increase in crime during her term as prime minister.

Mrs May was warned – and did nothing. She doesn’t care about your safety.

But we knew that already. Tory policy since 2010 has demonstrated that the safety of poor people simply isn’t of any concern to them.

We only have to look at the behaviour of the Department for Work and Pensions towards people with long-term illnesses and/or disabilities – and there is a connection, because the language used by the Tories to excuse their behaviour on both issues is the same.

Look at what Mrs May said about knife crime – I’m using a BBC report but I’m sure any mainstream news outlet will have used her words:

There is “some link” between falling police numbers and a rise in violent crime, Metropolitan Police chief Cressida Dick has said.

[Ms Dick said:]”I agree that there is some link between violent crime on the streets obviously and police numbers, of course there is, and everybody would see that.”

The commissioner was speaking a day after Prime Minister Theresa May said there was “no direct correlation”.

“No direct correlation” is what Iain Duncan Smith said when he was told that suicide among benefit claimants had increased alongside the increase in the number of rejections of claims after he changed the rules to make it harder for people taking a “Work Capability Assessment” (WCA) to qualify.

After academic reports proved that there was indeed a correlation, he fell back on claims that “correlation doesn’t imply causality“.

Doesn’t it?

It certainly implies that opportunities have been created.

And let’s not forget that Iain Duncan Smith was wrong; when he said the words quoted above, we had already known for nearly two years that WCA assessors had been putting suicide in the minds of benefit claimants by asking, “Why haven’t you killed yourself?”

It’s many years past time we got tough on these homicidal Tories.

For those of us who campaigned against their campaign of hatred against people who are sick and/or disabled, it seemed there simply wasn’t enough public interest because opinion had been whipped up against benefit claimants by the Tory-complicit mainstream media.

Attitudes to knife crime seem different – so let’s make the connection and point out that Tory policies deliberately attack the innocent.


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Met police investigation into alleged anti-Semitic hate crimes in the Labour Party is a welcome move

This is to be welcomed in many ways – although the fact that the file was leaked to police shows that Labour still has an internal security problem.

Information about the allegations of anti-Semitism against This Writer was leaked to The Sunday Times in February – false information claiming that I was a Holocaust denier.

The lies were taken up by others and I have spent the last nine months pursuing the newspapers involved through the press regulator IPSO, with a series of victories to prove my innocence.

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So there is evidence to show that someone very high in the Labour hierarchy – a member of the ruling National Executive Committee or someone working for that body – is maliciously spreading lies about alleged anti-Semitism.

That is the aspect of this case that is unwelcome.

But hate crime of any kind should be investigated and prosecuted, and I don’t know why Labour didn’t pass on details of any such crime to the police – especially if those details had been investigated and proved according to the party’s own systems.

Is this an admission that what Labour considers to be anti-Semitic activity would not qualify as such according to police standards?

It seems we’re about to find out.

Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said: “If somebody passes us material which they say amounts to a crime, we have a duty to look at that and not to dismiss it.”

That’s true – and makes an important point about the so-called Macpherson Principle.

Some commentators, who should know better, have been trying to claim that an allegation that someone has committed an anti-Semitic crime means that they are guilty; if a Jewish person says that they have been a victim of anti-Semitism, that is all the proof that is needed.

It is heartening to see the police commissioner affirming that this would not meet the standards expected of a criminal investigation. Macpherson in fact stated that allegations of anti-Semitism should be recorded as such, but the police would still have to carry out a full investigation and determine for themselves whether such a crime had been committed.

That is what makes this investigation worthwhile.

These allegations will be examined according to the requirements of the law of the land.

If people who have been accused are found innocent – after Labour’s system condemned them – it will raise serious questions about the party’s system.

If people who have been accused are taken to court and convicted, then a hate criminal will have been identified and punished.

This is a win-win situation – in spite, I think, of the person who created it.

Scotland Yard has begun a criminal investigation into allegations of antisemitic hate crimes within the Labour Party, police said.

Specialist officers looking through a leaked internal dossier of cases are begun a inquiry into some of the allegations, the Met said in a statement.

Detectives have already sought “early investigative advice” from lawyers working with the Crown Prosecution Service.

The investigation is centring on a folder of paperwork compiled by Labour Party staff on cases of alleged antisemitism by Labour activists and members.

It was leaked to the LBC radio station, who then gave a copy to the Met Commissioner Cressida Dick after an interview in September.

Source: Criminal investigation launched into ‘antisemitic hate crimes’ within Labour Party | The Independent

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Met chief says social media is to blame for soaring knife crime

Cressida Dick.

I mention the following on the day when Jess Phillips said pro-Jeremy Corbyn Facebook pages should be shut down because they promote anti-Semitism.

It will be interesting to see her evidence. The pro-Corbyn groups I visit (some of which have been mentioned on TV news reports) are heavily moderated so I harbour doubts as to whether she actually has any.

It is easy to whip up hatred against a scapegoat – especially if people are willing to be whipped.

So let’s all keep a little scepticism about us, and remember to demand the facts before being asked to make a judgement. That, after all, is how justice works.

Britain’s most senior police officer has blamed social media for the soaring rate of knife crime in the UK, particularly among children.

After 13 Londoners were killed in two weeks this month, Met police commissioner Cresside 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.

Source: Met chief says social media is behind soaring rate of knife crime | UK news | The Guardian


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