Tuesday, 8 April 2008

Racist police

BBC reporter 'ambushed' by terror police (emphasis added)

A BBC reporter was pinned to the ground by six policemen and searched under the Terrorism Act after his radio transmitter was mistaken for bomb equipment.

Police officers were responding to a call from a member of the public

Max Khan, a correspondent for BBC Radio Stoke, was made to kneel down with his face to the floor in the centre of Hanley, Staffs.

Police moved in on Mr Khan after several shoppers raised concerns about an "Arabic-looking man" who was "acting suspiciously" outside the Potteries Shopping Centre on Monday.

The reporter had been on his way back from making a bulletin about a local post office that had recently moved from the centre of the town when officers surrounded him and shouted at him to "get on the floor".

He was wearing a rucksack that contained his radio equipment and had several wires and aerials protruding from the top.

.. "It seems somewhat basic to be treated in that way just because of the colour of your skin."

Earlier this year, Darren Nixon, a mechanic from Stoke-on-Trent, was followed by three police cars while he was travelling on a bus after a member of the public mistook his MP3 player for a gun.

Presumably Darren Nixon had guns pointed at him, just because of the colour of his skin.

Guns were trained on Darren for using his MP3 player in a suspicious manner (and obviously cos 'e is white)

Meanwhile, the trial of these eight men

continues, where in court it has been said they planned to slaughter around 4,000 people.

The amount of previous thwarted plots are numerous. I do not need to mention the successful attacks on London, which killed 52 people. And the following attempt on 21/7 by these men

I find it a little saddening that this unfortunately turned out asian man could not, or refused, to acknowledge the tough job of the police in these circumstances. Were they simply being racist, Max Khan? Did they have a choice? What would you have done? Sauntered up and asked if you planned on burning any infidels today?

They're damned if they do, and damned if they don't. It's a real shame that innocent people have "embarrassing" and "humiliating" things happen to them, but I don't think denouncing the police as racist helps anybody's cause.

1 comment:

Ross said...

You're right of course, denouncing the police every time they respond to what turns out to be a false alarm will only make it harder to respond to real terrorists.

He should consider hetting one of these.