Shadow Home Secretary, Diane Abbott, has faced an angry backlash from the Metropolitan Police after criticising their tactical contact policy when dealing with moped riding attackers.
Moped attackers have blighted London for a number of years, targeting pedestrians, as well as other road users including taxi drivers, many of whom being attacked by hammer-wielding pillion riders.
TaxiPoint reported last week that the Metropolitan Police have now been given the Green light to knock the attackers off of their mopeds in a bid to end pursuits swiftly and relatively safety, with Skorpion trained drivers deployed to perform the action.
However MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington, Diane Abbott, has been highly critical of the policy, taking to Twitter to say:
"Knocking people off bikes is potentially very dangerous, it shouldn't be legal fir anyone. Police are not above the law."
Camden Police fired a withering tweet back at Ms Abbott, saying:
“Someone who's responsible for law-making (or at least debating and ratifying new legislation) should probably realise that using tactical contact to terminate dangerous pursuits is entirely within our lawful power... And our responsibility.”
Camden weren't the only police service to condemn the controversial MP, Waltham Forest replied via Twitter,xand said:
"To mitigate risk to the public & also offenders, we use a range of tactics including tactical contact. There has been a significant reduction in motorcycle & scooter crime with a decrease of 10,974 offences to date this year in comparison to 2017”.
Despite a huge amount if interest on social media, with many people condemning Diane Abbots comments, she has yet to respond or make any further comment.
What has become apparent is that many have been perplexed by what seems to be her total disregard for the victims of these crimes.