Police Raid on Manchester
Posted by rantingkraut on February 20, 2010
It appears that the police has been laying siege to Manchester city centre in a massive fishing expedition. During the operation, pedestrians apparently had to pass airport style security checks just to walk down the pavement.
Given that the alleged reason for this measure was a crackdown on weapons, it is somewhat embarrassing that only one gun was found and a number of arrests seems to have been due to drug ‘offences’. From a longer term perspective, The Economist reports extensively on an overall decline in crime with some regrettable exceptions in closely defined geographic areas.
One should wonder then if this was really intended to be a crime fighting measure, election campaign related activism to advertise a ‘tough on crime’ attitude or just another step on the way to a firmly entrenched police state.
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