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- Print Length: 86 pages
- Publisher: Guardian Books; 1 edition (12 Dec. 2011)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B006LLOCII
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Reading the Riots: Investigating England's summer of disorder (Guardian Shorts Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Like the Met's own account of the mayhem, 'Reading the Riots' does not examine why the pollcing went so badly wrong and for journalists on the left of the political spectrum, it seems to side with the government and police that gang involvement was not significant. The view generated a furious reaction from those officers actually out there and as a police officer who retired just days before the riots, I know how furious that reaction was..
After making that assertion, the book goes on to contradict itself by quoting numerous individuals from across London who stated that the gangs forgot their rivalries to concentrate on the common enemy; the police. The suggestion that gang members were at home sipping their cocoa as rioting and looting was being carried out is absurd.
The fact that the proportion of gang members arrested was given as between 13 and 19% is misleading as those'street hardened' individuals in gangs would be far more astute is covering their identities by means of hoods and masks as the result of years of conflict with their rivals and with police.
In the initial stages, police focussed on those who failed to protect their identities; only months later did officers begin to arrest some gang members using more complex identification techniques. It's true there was no central 'gang command' but was it coincidence that shortly after becoming the new Met Commissioner, Bernard Hogan-Howe ordered a crackdown upon gangs?