Mr Perrin’s Blog; A Word in Your Ear.
UKIP Councillor rails against people who criticise the Police and brands them “terrorist sympathisers”.
During a conversation with Cllr Kevin Wheeler on the subject of police accountability, I said the conduct of armed police had not always been of a standard of professionalism that the public were entitled to expect of them, on the contrary their actions have sometimes bordered on the “reckless” resulting in tragic loss of life as happened in the shooting dead of Jean Charles de Menezes on a tube train on 22nd July, 2005. It was at this point that Cllr Wheeler launched into an astonishing rant against people, like me, who expressed any criticism of police conduct and required they be held to account for their actions.
Pointing a finger at me he angrily proclaimed he was “sick and tired of people criticising the police, who risked their lives on a daily basis to keep the public safe from terrorist attacks and that people, like me, who demanded accountability were terrorist supporters and sympathisers. Continuing his rant he said that in so far as he was concerned “if the police had the slightest suspicion that a person may be a threat to public safety they were justified in killing that person, if that meant pumping 20 bullets into the suspects head then so be it”.
I was shocked, also alarmed, that an elected official considered it appropriate to publicly express such views and berate any person who disagreed with him. Cllr Wheeler accuses me and other like-minded people of being terrorist sympathisers and supporting terrorist activities because we demand that the police be held accountable for their actions, my response is to accuse him of being a trigger-happy bigot who, if he had his way, far from making our streets safe from terrorist attack, would create another danger from gun-toting police roaming our streets with a licence to kill you on the “slightest suspicion” you are a danger to public safety knowing they will not have to account for their actions and are immune from prosecution.
Methinks Cllr Wheeler’s gung-ho attitude derives from playing “shoot-em-up” games on his X-box.