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Just how many more people will the Mayor ignore over the use of water cannon? – Caroline Pidgeon

February 12, 2015 6:30 PM

Caroline Pidgeon commenting on the statement made today by the Bill Bratton, New York's police commissioner, that the use of water cannon had become an "anathema" in the US said:

"Bill Bratton's intervention on this issue is both timely and helpful. However I fear he will join a long list of people that the Mayor has decided to ignore on this issue, including of course the London Assembly.

"Water cannon runs the risk of innocent people being injured and it will certainly undermine policing by public consent. Yet at the same time it is an ineffective tool to manage serious public disorder situations."

"Having heard detailed evidence on this issue there are very good reasons why the majority of members of the Police and Crime Committee have firmly rejected its adoption in London.

"The Mayor has already insulted the London Assembly and Londoners by his ill informed decision to support the introduction of water cannon for policing in London.

"How many more people will the Mayor ignore on this issue?"

ENDS

Notes to editors

  1. Details of comments made by police commissioner Bill Bratton:

http://www.politics.co.uk/blogs/2015/02/12/top-cop-warns-boris-johnson-about-horrific-water-cannon

  1. The London Assembly's Police and Crime Committee report which rejected the adoption of water cannon in London:

    https://www.london.gov.uk/media/assembly-press-releases/2014/02/assembly-says-no-to-case-for-water-cannon

  2. On the 14th February 2014 the London Assembly debated the use of water cannon. A motion proposed by Caroline Pidgeon opposing its adoption was passed by 20 votes to 5 against.

    https://www.london.gov.uk/media/assembly-press-releases/2014/02/assembly-tells-mayor-not-to-pour-money-down-the-drain-on-water

  3. Caroline Pidgeon's submission to the MOPAC consultation on the use of water cannon:

    http://www.carolinepidgeon.org/files/docs/watercannonconsultationresponse.pdf