London: Fall From Grace

The Fall Of London.   The police are exhausted, scared, and angry.   Crisis levels have been breached and chaos has overtaken. CNN would have us believe that murder rates are no different than in the US and thus attempt to deflect and ignore a failed system that is not simply about murder but about “crime” – all crime.

*Police hunt man in gimp suit terrorizing villagers

*Man accused of killing pregnant mum and son

*Man shot dead outside East London snooker club

*Man shot with crossbow seriously injured

*Sixth arrest after several injured when car driven into crowd

*Man who killed one year old out on bail

Sadiq Khan, London’s mayor, released a pathetic statement to explain away the crime rate, “There is a link between violent crime and poverty among youths.”  

In 2010, Theresa May instituted an ‘austerity program’ whereby the number of police officers was cut, wages were cut and annual leave was frozen.   Of the 30,000 total Met officers, 1,000 are required to guard the Royals around the clock. They are the only Met police allowed to carry guns. They drive Range Rovers and BMW’s. The remaining members of the Met police force carry batons with only a few allowed to have tasers.

One police officer authored a story this past May in which he anonymously described the realities.

“In the borough I am stationed in – much like other boroughs – where there is a population of about 250,000 people, there are on average 10 police officers for the entire area to respond to emergency calls per shift. Only two or three of them can drive on blue lights.

The 20,000 frontline cuts 20,000 don’t even begin to cover the reality. Theresa May also sanctioned cuts to civilian staff, ambulance services, crisis teams, call handlers and the people we rely on for intelligence – such as knowing if someone has committed previous crimes, whether they involved a weapon and therefore how prepared we should be.”

The greater London population is 8 million.   The number of Met police officers is roughly 31,000, 1,000 deployed to the Royals. Starting pay for a Constable is roughly 22,000 pounds grading up to 41,000 pounds. In the US, starting salary for LAPD graduate is about $63,000.     For NYPD is $42,500.

There are 32 boroughs in London with 7 claiming the highest account of crime.   Statistically, 41% of attackers were white – 39% of victims were white, 35% of attackers were black – and 26% of victims were black.

There are about 200 gangs in London; 60 in East London alone, 50+ in South London, 40+ in North London and 35+ in the affluent East.

According to a police officer who joined the force in 1978, the gang demographics changed in the 80’s and 90’s when large swathes of Jamaicans came to the UK because of no VISA restrictions.   Initially operating extortion rings, they quickly moved into drug trafficking and territory divisions.

White organized crime ran parallel to the Jamaicans and Turks bringing cocaine from North Africa into southern Europe.   The Albanians and Balkans moved into the gang scene exploiting the drug dealing while the smaller youth gangs fought each other.

With the rise of Rap Music, the violence became a social media sensation, entertainment for the most evil. Moscow17, Zone 2, Holly Street Boys and London Fields Gang dominate large areas of London territory.

Moscow17 is a drill band producing music videos and clips on YouTube bragging about their violence and gun crime. Their music can be uploaded to Apple for a small fee.   One gang rapper was believed to have raked in 1.9 million pounds in his video promoting gang violence.

And what is London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, doing?

In 2016 he won the British GQ’s Politician of the Year Award…

* he has triggered the much-needed return to social housing by working with boroughs to form plans for 10,000 new council homes across London.   There is currently a waiting list for welfare housing of 400,000 households. Over 20% of new housing is filled by foreign immigrants.   It is estimated that due to the numbers, most of those on the waiting list will never be granted social housing. Each year social housing fraud that is investigated is determined to cost the London authority roughly 1million pounds. The most active type of fraud is subletting the property, typically at a rate 10x the subsidy.

* the Mayor has frozen TfL fares and Tube trains now run through the night on Fridays and Saturdays on selected lines…

* the Mayor is introducing the T-charge and will be launching the world’s first Ultra Low Emission Zone. In addition to the 11.50 per day congestion charge applied to cars driving during weekdays in London in congestion designated areas, an additional 10.00 T-charge will apply. Payments are based on the honor system of volunteering.

* introduced a £45 million over three year program “Young Londoners Fund” with a focus on helping young people at risk of violence. Funding awards include activities ranging from theatre groups and employability training to football clubs and art sessions.

London’s population is roughly 9.1 million, over 30% of which are immigrants. The last demographic census was done in 2011.

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