Thank heavens for people like Hackney resident and grandmother Pauline Pearce. If you didn’t see her interviewed on Channel 4 News last night head over there and watch this three minute video clip of her demolishing the Inspectorate of Constabulary’s mad and bad proposal that rubber bullets, water cannon and even live rounds should be used on the streets of London in the event that there is another outbreak of riots.
As she says it was guns that caused the whole problem in the first place. She asks, “What happens when they start shooting the wrong people?“
Quite so. Effective policing can only be done with the consent of the community; live rounds are not the way to win hearts and minds.