UK Police Officers will not “take the knee” at UK protests says the Met Police Commissioner
The Metropolitan Police Commissioner has told Police Officers that they should not take to the knee during the Black Lives Matter Protests across the UK.
While the streets across the UK are flooded with people who was wanting to show solidarity with protesters in the US following the death of George Floyd which sparked mass demonstrations against systematic racism within the UK.
During an interview with Andrew Castle on LBC The Metropolitan Police Commissioner was asked about her views on police officers taking the knee to show support for protesters within the US.
The Commissioner said “We encourage our officers to talk to people”
However the main function of policing is to “to engage in a positive manner with people.”
Clearly understanding the sentiment behind taking the knee the officer said “we won’t b e kneeling during protests” within the UK.
“However heartfelt something like that might be, I don’t think it is likely to be safe”
Andrew then pressed for clarification asking Dame Cressida to say that she “won’t take the knee during protests” if protesters encouraged her to.
“I wouldn’t, and I have asked my officers not to because our job is to police” she said.
Is a police officer kneeling a political statement?
It has been said that police officers taking the knee is a political statement.
Thats because since August 2016 some American Athletes have protested against police brutality and racism by kneeling on one knee during the US national Anthem.
Therefore in a police officer kneeling it is supporting a political movement over in the US and not within the UK.
By a police officer kneeing they are showing they are taking a political side and police officers while on duty should never take a political side with anything.
They should talk and engage with protestors but they should not Take the Knee.
When Officers are off duty and within their own time they are perfectly allowed todo so