The Met Police is in Trouble

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昨日の「ヒルズボロの悲劇」に続いて、警察ネタ。シティ・オブ・ロンドンを除くグレーター・ロンドンを管轄するスコットランドヤードが、先日行われたG20サミットのデモの際の警察官の暴力行為で、非難の的だ。今日、スコットランドヤードに対、何百人もの人が警察本部前に集まって抗議の声を上げた。これまでに、G20の際の警察間の行為に対し、145もの苦情が寄せられている。そのうち70は警察官の行き過ぎの行為による被害者や目撃者からで、また40は警察のデモに対する方策(悪名高い「kettling(ケトリング/湯沸かし)を含む)に対する懸念だ。警察官に警棒で殴られた通りすがりの男性(その直後に「心臓マヒ」で死亡とされていたが、司法解剖後内出血が死因だと判明)や他の警官に平手打ちされた上警棒で足を打たれた女性のビデオがユーチューブ等にアップされ、暴力行為の際警官が身分証明番号を隠していた事もあって、この2人の警官は停職処分になった。「ケトリング」は、多くのデモ参加者のみならず通りがかりの人まで、狭い区間にトイレ、水、食糧もなしで何時間(場所によると7時間!)も留めておき、その他の地域に暴動を広げない策略で、聞くだけでも恐ろしい(特に長時間トイレなしなんて!)。警備に当たった大多数の警官は職務違反はしていないし、また血気盛んな怒れるデモ参加者をなだめるのは大変なストレスだろう。任務全うの為に時には暴力行為も止む終えないかもしれない。しかし誰もが携帯を含むカメラやビデオを持つ今の時代、行き過ぎ行為は自分の首を絞める事にもなるので、注意して下さいね!

Another police scandal, after yesterday’s Hillsborough Disaster 20th anniversary. The Met (Metropolitan Police Service / Scotland Yard),  the police force responsible for law enforcement within Greater London, have been under attacked with violent behaviours by officers at the G20 protests. Today hundreds of protesters gathered to Scotland Yard against the Met.  145 complaints have been made so far against the police conducts at the demonstration against G20 summit, including 70 claims of excessive force by victims or witnesses to brutality and 40 concerns about police tactics such as the corralling technique called “kettling“. 2 video footage revealed police assaults on Ian Tomlinson, who died with ‘heart attack’ (now it is said that internal bleeding is the cause of his death, after autopsy) just after being shoved by a police officer, and on Nicky Fisher, being hit in the face and on her leg with another officer’s baton. These two officers are also accused of removing their police identification numbers at the time, and are later suspended as a result of the incidents. The “kettling” tactic sounds horrible, that many protesters and even innocent bystanders were locked up in small area for many hours (up to 7 hours!!), without toilet facility (that is my worst nightmare!), water or food supply. I understand that police officers were in huge stress (unfortunately protesters are not the most well-behaved people…) and they were just doing what they were told to do, and for sure most officers are cordial and do the right thing, but to go too far will put you in trouble at the end, as nowadays cameras are all over you!!

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