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Two London Police Attacked By Black Mob

From the UK’s Independent:

Mob attacks police over litter dispute

By Chris Greenwood, PA
Friday, 18 July 2008

Schoolchildren who attacked a policeman after he asked one of them to pick up some litter behaved worse than animals, the officer said today.

Two officers were set on by a mob, some wearing school uniform, after they asked a teenage girl to pick up a fast-food wrapper she had dropped.

She picked it up but then pointedly threw it on the ground again as a large crowd gathered around her and the two policemen.

A 15-year-old girl then jumped on the 34-year-old officer and repeatedly bit him on the shoulder and torso.

A colleague who raced to his aid was pulled to the ground and kicked by others as several older men and women joined the fracas in a shopping precinct in Croydon, south London.

At one point more than 30 people were involved in the fight in North End, a popular after-school hangout for young people.

The police constable, who was recovering from his bite injuries at home today, said the incident quickly escalated out of control.

He said: “They swarmed at the start. They feel they can overcome you like a gang. It was a good 30-plus youths.

“It is the behaviour. It is unbelievable. I find it amazing that someone could bite another human being like that.

They were acting like animals, but I hate using the term ‘animals’ because they would not do that. Animals have a reason for doing something.

“This is just nonsense violence. It is difficult to think that they could do something like this – and to a policeman.”

Detectives were studying CCTV footage of the attack today in a bid to identify all of those involved.

A 15-year-old girl was arrested at the scene on suspicion of assault. She has since been released on bail.

The officer said that when the girl’s parents arrived at the police station they complained that the start of her summer holiday had been disrupted.

Today, detectives appealed for witnesses to the attack which happened on Wednesday at about 3pm.

The officers were on patrol in the busy pedestrianised area, close to branches of Woolworths and Burger King.

Officers believe five young women were involved at the start of the incident. They were joined by a number of men in their 30s and 40s.

Investigators believe a number of older women also joined in. All of those involved were black.

The 29-year-old police constable suffered bruising and knee injuries and is on sick leave.

Two men, aged 34 and 38, were arrested today in South Norwood on suspicion of assault and violent disorder…

Inspector Simon Ellingham said: “We have heard from several retailers in the area who were horrified at the level of violence used by the crowd against the officers.

“Whilst we would never use the word ‘mob’, which is an inflammatory word, we can confirm that eyewitnesses have described their initial fear that officers were going to be seriously injured or killed

What a shock that this news report actually noted the race of the perpetrators. Most of the other reports on this incident somehow manage to leave out that and other such details.

This account from the UK’s Telegraph is all too typical:

Police officers beaten by mob after asking girl to pick up litter

By Richard Edwards, Crime Correspondent
Last updated: 6:27 PM BST 18/07/2008

Two police officers were beaten and bitten by a mob of teenagers after they asked a girl to pick up a piece of litter.

Witnesses said the male police constables, aged 29 and 34, were victims of such “horrific violence” as a pack of up to 30 youths and adults set upon them that they feared they would be beaten to death.

The attack happened in broad daylight in Croydon town centre at 3pm on Thursday afternoon.

The officers had asked a teenage girl to pick up a fast food wrapper she had dropped on the pavement. She did so, but then mockingly dropped it on the ground again.

When the officers persisted, the girl’s 15-year-old “noisy and uncooperative” female friend allegedly set upon them.

One officer was bitten on the shoulder. The Pcs were then surrounded by dozens of other, older men and women, and at least three more teenage girls.

Insp Simon Ellingham, of Croydon CID, said: “We have heard from several retailers in the area who were horrified at the level of violence used by the crowd against the officers.

“Whilst we would never use the term mob, which is an inflamatory word, we can confirm that eye witnesses have discussed their initial fears that officers were going to be seriously injured or killed.”

Both men are on sick leave as they recover from the attack.

A 15-year-old girl has been arrested on suspicion of assault, and two men aged 34 and 38 have also been detained on suspicion of assault and violent disorder.

But the London police are almost as politically correct:

“Whilst we would never use the word ‘mob’, which is an inflammatory word, we can confirm that eyewitnesses have described their initial fear that officers were going to be seriously injured or killed.

Heavens no. We mustn’t ever be inflammatory.

It wasn’t a “mob.” Just a group of (elderly) youths, overexcited about their summer holiday.

Alas, this is where our country is also headed.  If we aren’t there already.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, July 18th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Two London Police Attacked By Black Mob”

  1. mybrotherkeeper says:

    What folks need who are like this is to feel pain. It is their only hope. That way they can finally get some empathy for others. The cops should have went down swinging. At least the experience would have counted for something then. (Next time they would have thought twice about attacking. Bullies are always looking for prey who won’t fight. That’s my experience anyhow, and it protected me from humiliation and/or injury. But I had to learn that through hard knocks.)


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