Police officers who use new ‘ramming’ tactics to stop moped criminals are being investigated.
One officer and his colleague are being investigated by the Independent Office for Police Conduct after a man suffered a broken leg resulting from new Police tactics against Moped criminals.
In an attempt to tackle moped crime in major cities, especially London, the Police are using more intense tactics to stop the suspected criminals. This involves using their cars to ram suspects off their bikes.
The IOPC has said that the two officers in question could be charged for their use of force.
“The officers have been interviewed as witnesses and have not been served notice they are under investigation. That may change,” said an IOPC source.
Ken Marsh, chairman of the Met Police Federation, said: “Senior ministers have endorsed this tactic, but they need to put their words into action and give police officers the protection they deserve when they use it, otherwise it is just hollow words.
“The public want this approach used and politicians tell them to do it, but it’s going to end up with my officers gripping the rail of the dock because they have stopped someone in this way.”
Labour’s Diane Abbott recently hit out new tactics on Twitter. It looks like she’s got what she wanted as Officers are now facing prosecution.
If you haven’t seen the footage, below is a video.
😏This is satisfying…
Extraordinary dashcam footage shows police pursuit drivers ramming fleeing moped thugs, sending them sprawling in the road. Police said the new strategy of ending pursuits with what the Met calls “tactical contact” was now in common use across London. pic.twitter.com/yAFOAlpXvX
— Ray phill (@MotorcycleTheft) November 23, 2018
Shadow Home Secretary, Diane Abbott hit the headlines yesterday for shamming the Police on Twitter for the new tactics.
She said: “Knocking people off bikes is potentially very dangerous. It shouldn’t be legal for anyone. Police are not above the law”
It seems Diane Abbott cares more about the criminal’s safety than stopping them. It’s as if she is defending their actions and almost wanting them to get away with it by limiting police powers to stop them. *this is mere opinion and not a matter of fact*.
Knocking people off bikes is potentially very dangerous. It shouldn't be legal for anyone. Police are not above the law https://t.co/boptGhJYbB
— Diane Abbott (@HackneyAbbott) November 27, 2018
Camden Police took the liberty of educating the senior Labour MP.
Someone who's responsible for law-making (or at least debating and ratifying new legislation) should probably realise that using tactical contact to terminate dangerous pursuits is entirely within our lawful power… And our responsibility.
— Camden Police (@MPSCamden) November 27, 2018