Several public order problems were reported last Sunday, leaving four people dead in East London, a figure that is part of the worrying increase in homicides caused by knife and gun attacks. A public order crime or problem does not actually need an individual victim but a crime against society, disturbs or invades society’s peace and tranquillity, such as breach of peace, disorderly conduct, fighting, vagrancy, loitering, public intoxication, and rioting to name a few.
According to an article in the Voice of Europe, violent crime has been exacerbated in large part by the massive cuts that have been made to the police, youth services, councils, and charities by the government of Mayor Sadiq Khan over the past eight years.
In a letter in 2019, Conservative MP Priti Patel urged the mayor to give assurances that he was allocating sufficient resources to the Metropolitan Police Service.
But then Patel said, “Londoners must be confident their police and crime commissioner is doing everything in his power to put an end to this senseless violence. I want to see what robust plans you have in place to reduce violent crime in the capital. I understand there have been 90 homicides so far this year. That is 90 too many,” the Evening Standard reported.
The day-to-day situation of young people in urban areas whose families are absent of a father figure or who are facing other shortcomings in their development has led many of them to seek acceptance among the gangs that dispute control over drug trafficking on a daily basis.
As Katie Hopkins points out in an opinion column in FrontPage magazine, “Stabbings are meted out as a mechanism of initiation, retribution, or control, as ubiquitous as the mopeds used to courier their drugs, or the drill music that forms a soundtrack to their lives.”
“I don’t even know what this war is about anymore. All I know is if I step out of my territory people want to kill me, and if people come into mine, I want to kill them. It’s as simple as that,” Hopkins said, citing the words of one young gang member.
The columnist pointed out that no one is interested in taking on a social problem that involves young people of African descent who have in their ranks even young people as young as 10 years old, criticizing that since they kill each other, “no one in power should worry.”
“Politicians know these black lads are not voters. They have no voice in the media. No one is howling with indignant rage. Even the mothers of the slain are silenced by the gangs they fear. Those who should be held to account can look the other way,” Hopkins wrote.
Hopkins also pointed out, among the mayor’s concerns, the issue of young African descendants being stabbed to death does not seem to be a major one. “When the Metropolitan Police created a Gang Matrix as part of their War on Gangs, Sadiq Khan set up a working group to review whether this matrix was racist in purpose,” she said.
The matrix to be implemented makes an assessment of the most dangerous gang members in each of the London boroughs and based on the severity of the crimes committed then classifies them by designating a color, either green, amber, or red.
“But of course, the left, Amnesty International, and other bleeding-heart liberals were outraged by this sensible approach, calling it: ‘Racist policing in its purest form.'” Hopkins said.
“Of the almost 4,000 names on the matrix at any given time, 78% are black and 9% are other ethnic minorities,” she added.
Hopkins noted that although authorities label the statistics as disproportionate, they are actually representative and “an accurate picture of the demographic composition of the gangs.”
“In London, two-thirds of knife offenders under 25 were black or minority ethnics. Almost half of murder victims and murder suspects in the capital are young black men—way out of proportion to London’s population, in which 13% are black,” Hopkins wrote.