The UK’s imitation of BLM finally got a scalp of its own after a police officer was charged for taking out Chris Kaba, a vicious murderous thug who was ramming police. Kaba got the George Floyd treatment, minus the golden coffin, but London police are reacting in a unique fashion.
Up to 300 specialist firearms officers handed in their permits allowing them to carry guns on duty over the weekend, according to the BBC.
“Many are worried about how the decision impacts on them, on their colleagues and on their families,” said a spokesman for the London Metropolitan Police (the Met).
Police in Britain do not routinely carry firearms. The 2,500 Met officers who are authorised to carry guns are normally deployed for specialist missions such as counter-terrorism operations and to protect sites such as parliament, diplomatic missions and airports.
American police officers reacted to the wave of legal lynchings by leaving urban policing and heading for the suburbs. London cops responded by giving up their guns and leaving the force so hollow that there was talk of the military stepping in.
The Army has been stood down from supporting the Metropolitan Police after hundreds of officers stepped back from firearms duties.
Soldiers were put on standby after some armed officers spent the weekend considering their position.
Officers from other forces were drafted in to help, but the Met said on Monday that enough had returned to duty.
The proliferation of a violent criminal class in the George Floyd/Chris Kaba form, unfortunately, requires a permanent police class especially when the Floyds are not quickly locked up and kept in prison. (If they were, we could have a fraction of the police and police powers that we currently do.) But what happens when the police no longer want to do the job? It’s something American cities and now London are finding out.