Once again the Police after any weapon-related incident always attempts to enforce anti-civil rights policy.
This right after a police officer from Croydon was fatally shot in the custody suite. The suspect was a 23-year-old autistic man of Sri Lankan dissent.
The story that we have so far is the Sri Lankan man was arrested after acting strangely. Therefore, it is fair to say he would have been searched before placing him and any vehicle which is standard protocol.
The reason for the arrest was possession for B class drugs and intent to supply ammunition. This man was also referred to anti-extremism prevent programme.
His hands were cuffed behind his back and taken to Croyden police station. While he sat in the custody suite he managed to get the concealed weapon that was on his person and shot the custody Seargent Matiu Ratana.
He then turned the gun on himself and is now critically injured in hospital.
Now Police are asking for tougher stop and search rules which at present are known to be mostly targeted at non-white citizens in London area.
The problem with asking for tougher rules is that the police officer who searched him failed his colleagues. He obviously never searched this suspect thoroughly which he was entitled to do so. I mean he was caught carrying ammunition which is a bit of a clue.
It would not have taken Sherlock Holmes to deduce that if someone is carrying ammunition then they more than likely have a weapon.
It sounds like lazy policing where they never searched him properly than just sat him in front of the custody sergeant and took no further action to check for any weapons.
So rather than ask for tougher search rules why not wait for the investigation on this incident to end and then maybe look at your own failure. The sad thing is a police officer was possibly killed due to the negligence of his colleague.
Even a form police chief Sir Peter Fahy of Greater Manchester agrees that this incident was unusual when he said:
“There are procedures for searching prisoners before they are taken to police stations in vans or in cars; they’ve searched again when they get to police stations and there are additional procedures because of screening for Covid,” Fahy said.
“It will be important to get out fairly quickly the circumstances, to see if there’s anything that can be learned about it“.
So the suspect should have been thoroughly searched twice one before getting in the van and again on entering the custody suite.