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UK police chief faces mounting pressure

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UK police chief faces mounting pressure


Britain’s top police officer is facing increasing criticism over his force’s handling of anti-terror operations. Muslim groups gathered outside the Metropolitan force’s headquarters at Scotland Yard to protest against what they see as heavy-handed police tactics during a raid in the capital on June the 2nd.

Organiser Dr Adnan Siddiqui: “The muslim community is well aware of these kind of raids happening, and the fact that many people are being de-arrested and nothing is actually being said so that trust has gradually been eroded slowly. This was probably the final thing.” The Forest Gate case is being investigated by an independent watchdog. But its meant renewed pressure for the Metropolitan Police Chief, Sir Ian Blair: Respect MP George Galloway added his voice to calls for Blair to stand down: “Sir Ian Blair, on whom I have tabled a motion in the House of Commons tomorrow morning expressing no confidence and calling for his resignation, must take responsibility for blunder after blunder.”

Two brothers arrested during the raid, shown here on a passer-by’s mobile phone, were released without charge a week after the incident. Its reported that the men, one of whom was shot in disputed circumstances, plan to sue for damages from the force.

Sir Ian Blair was already facing calls for his resignation after his officers shot an unarmed Brazilian, Jean Charles de Menezes, on the Tube last July in the wake of the London bombings. He now faces the possibility of a second inquiry into the shooting of an apparently innocent suspect.
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