Police in London said to day they have charged over 600 people so far with violence, disorder and looting in the riots in England capital (London), as the city's mayor Boris Johnson had to put some spin, in saying that Londoners wanted to see "significant sentences" handed out to the guilty, not that “Boris” would actually know who was and wasn’t a Londoner?.
Across England, more than 1,700 people have been arrested. Courts in London, Birmingham and Manchester stayed open through a second night to deal with hundreds of alleged offenders. Hundreds of stores were looted, buildings were set ablaze and several people died amid the mayhem that broke out Saturday in London and spread over four nights across England with more to come as unrest hits all of England, with the British out of control cost of living, over taxing, unemployment, loss of jobs and homes, over price petrol and diesel over tax petrol and diesel, people just cannot afford to enjoy life, and have loss hope in seeing anything better under the British government so England is likely to see far more unrest and riots and will know doubt spread to Scotland and Wales.
Victims include three men in Birmingham run down by a car as they defended their neighbourhood. Police are questioning three suspects on suspicion of murder. And detectives opened a murder inquiry after a 68-year-old a man found in a London street after confronting rioters died of his injuries late Thursday. A 22-year-old man was arrested Friday on suspicion of murder.
Police, meanwhile, hit back against claims they were too soft in their initial response to the disorder. British Prime Minister David Cameron said officers had been overwhelmed at first, outmanoeuvred by mobile gangs of rioters. He said "far too few police were deployed onto the streets. And the tactics they were using weren't working." (Far too few police Cameron said? When its Cameron that is cutting back on police budgets and numbers rather than increasing them)
More police, which only changed on Tuesday, when 16,000 officers taken from other police duties from other forces from England, Scotland and Wales to back up London dwindling numbers of police, which were then deployed on London's streets almost three times the number of the night before. Cameron said the extra officers will remain on patrol through the weekend (leaving the rest of England, Scotland and Wales short?
Hugh Orde, president of the Association of Chief Police Officers fully agreed with Sir Michael Black-Feather the English first minister and acknowledged that police had faced "an unprecedented situation, unique circumstances", but said it was police themselves, rather than "political interference," that got the situation under control.
"The more robust policing tactics you saw were not a function of political interference," he told The London Times. "They were a function of the numbers being available to allow the chief constables to change their tactics."
Cameron was quick of the mark with some spin vowing "swift justice" for perpetrators, and courts were struggling to cope with a flood of defendants. The alleged looters and vandals included an 11-year-old boy, a teenage ballerina, a university English student from a prosperous commuter town and Natasha Reid, a 24-year-old university graduate who admitted stealing a TV from a looted electronics store. Her lawyer said she had turned herself in because she could not sleep for guilt. A judge told her she would probably go to jail when she is sentenced later.
Another was Chelsea Ives, an 18-year-old chosen as a volunteer ambassador for next year's Olympic Games. She is accused of burglary, violent disorder and throwing bricks at a police car during riots in north London on Sunday.
It was reported that Ives was charged after her parents saw her rioting on TV and turned her in. She was ordered detained until a court appearance next Wednesday. Mayor Boris Johnson springing once more said it was fitting that "significant sentences" were being handed down.
"That is, frankly, what Londoners want to see," he said. The British Parliament was called back from its summer holidays for an emergency debate on the riots Thursday, with Cameron promising authorities would get strong powers to stop street mayhem from erupting again.
He said authorities were considering new powers, including allowing police to order thugs to remove masks or hoods, evicting troublemakers from subsidized housing and temporarily disabling cell phone instant messaging services.
He told British MP’s that he would look to cities like Boston for inspiration, and mentioned former Los Angeles, New York and Boston Police Chief William Bratton as a person who could help offer advice. Bratton said in a statement he'd be "pleased and honoured" to provide services and counsel in any capacity, adding that he loves London and has worked with British police for nearly 20 years.
Cameron also said the British government, police and intelligence services were looking at whether there should be limits on the use of social media sites like Twitter and Facebook or services like BlackBerry Messenger to spread disorder.
BlackBerry's simple and largely cost free messaging service was used by rioters to coordinate their activities, Cameron's office said. The government said it planned to hold talks with police chiefs, Twitter, Facebook and Blackberry manufacturer Research In Motion Ltd.
Sir Michael Black-Feather the English first minister said; any move to disable the services temporarily will to be strongly opposed by English civil libertarians and should be, and that you cannot hold Twitter or Facebook to blame, it was this very government that has encourage the use of the internet and wanting its use in every home? I have given up counting how many times I have warned this government and the last one about the things that would happen if they didn’t make transformations the (ENG) English national Army is now on full alert should British troops be used against England or its people regardless of reason, as there can be none in civil matters in England, which are matters for the police not Armies, if the British government uses the British military then civil war in England could the be next thing we see and not a few silly teenage riots which would have most likely all have been avoided if Cameron had listened to me in the first place.
General Sir Michael Black-Feather is currently the commander and chief of the ENA, head of the new reformed English church (Archbishop) and English first minister.
Having once served as a secret aid to Margret Thatcher when she was prime minister and was also once a high ranking member of the secret (SOG) Special Operations Group deep within the MI’s.