Thursday, August 24, 2006

Top British Cop Rejects Racism Charge

Still some realism in the British police

We read:

"The claim that Muslims are discriminated against by the police is undermining the fight against terrorism, a senior Scotland Yard officer has said. Chief Superintendent Simon Humphrey said it is 'wholly unacceptable' to paint Asians as victims and accused police chiefs who do so of undermining the efforts of their colleagues....

Mr Humphrey's sharp rebuke carries particular weight because he speaks on behalf of 330 Met superintendents. His comments appeared to show the majority of senior officers agree with public support for profiling... He told the Daily Mail: ' Unfortunately a small, extremely vocal and potentially very influential minority are trying to hijack the terrorism issue and turn it into a debate on racism. 'They are undermining the objectives of the organisation and rank and file officers who are doing their utmost to police fairly...

'It is wholly unacceptable to continue to portray the Asian community as victims.... 'What is essentially an operational policing issue should not be turned into a debate about race and religion. Although these feature as part of a complex backdrop, let's not lose sight of the fact that this is about criminality and mass murder.'


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