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Is this for semi-automatic "assault-knives"?
9 April 2018, 00:52,
Exclamation  Is this for semi-automatic "assault-knives"?

London's Mayor Declares Intense New 'Knife Control' Policies To Stop Epidemic Of Stabbings
The police will now stop and frisk people believed to be carrying knives.
ByEMILY ZANOTTI April 8, 2018

An epidemic of stabbings and acid attacks in London has gotten so bad that London mayor Sadiq Khan is announcing broad new "knife control" policies designed to keep these weapons of war out of the hands of Londoners looking to cause others harm.

The "tough, immediate" measures involve an incredible police crackdown, a ban on home deliveries of knives and acid, and expanding law enforcement stop-and-search powers so that police may stop anyone they believe to be a threat, or planning a knife or acid attack.

Khan announced Friday that the city has created a "violent crime taskforce of 120 officers" tasked with rooting out knife-wielding individuals in public spaces, and is pumping nearly $50 million dollars into the Metropolitan Police department, so that they can better arm themselves against knife attacks. He's also empowering the Met Police to introduce "targeted patrols with extra stop and search powers for areas worst-affected," according to a statement.

The mayor took to Twitter to announce his new policies.

Mayor of London

No excuses: there is never a reason to carry a knife. Anyone who does will be caught, and they will feel the full force of the law.

5:02 AM - Apr 8, 2018
The Met Police has stepped up stop and search in worst-affected areas
Here’s what the Mayor is doing to tackle violent crime
City Hall and the Met Police are taking action to tackle the scourge of violent crime in London.
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Strangely enough, Khan is responsible to decreasing the number of stop-and-searches, having previously declared the tactic racist and potentially Islamophobic. It's also not clear what local Londoners will now use to cut their food.

Parliament is also set to take up heavy "knife control" legislation when it resumes this week. The UK government is expected to introduce a ban on online knife sales and home knife deliveries, declare it "illegal to possess zombie knives and knuckledusters in private" -- "zombie knifes" are those defined as being manufactured for the purpose of being used as a person-to-person weapon -- and ban sales of caustic materials to anyone under the age of 18, the Independent reports.

London has seen a dramatic uptick in murder rates, surpassing even New York City in number of homicides every month since the beginning of 2018. It has some of the strictest gun control laws in the world, and, technically, knives carried "without good reason" are off limits to anyone under the age of 18.
If at first you don't secede, try, try again!
9 April 2018, 02:58,
RE: Is this for semi-automatic "assault-knives"?
Are you allowed to carry a beer bottle outside the pub? Seems like a good improvised impact weapon which could be broken off if necessary and transformed into something sharp, but maybe they have gotten like NYC and you must use a paper cup if carrying a drink outside the bar...

73 de KE4SKY
"Almost Heaven" West Virginia
9 April 2018, 07:34,
RE: Is this for semi-automatic "assault-knives"?
This is all quite interesting. If you have been reading the newspapers, you will notice that the stabbings seem to be within certain groups of people - ethnic etc. Khan, the most worthless Mayor of all time, is now reacting to calls for his dismissal and needs to be seen to be doing something useful. It won't, of course, make any difference to the problem. For the rest of us, I suspect a lot of people now no longer consider London to be part of England. Personally, I frankly couldn't care less if the worthless creatures kill each other off. I am just sorry for the innocents caught up in it.
I don’t want to hear my neighbour but I want to see the smoke of their chimney.
9 April 2018, 10:20,
RE: Is this for semi-automatic "assault-knives"?
I haven't been in London since the mid wedding, even then there were some odd people around.
went out on the Sunday morning to buy a newspaper, said "good morning" to several people- like we do in Devon, and they looked at me like I had just landed from outer space, and not one spoke.
London is well known in biker circles as "shit city".
several boroughs there where the indigineous british are in the minority, I hear TB is rife there too because we are allowed to screen immigrants for health issues.
9 April 2018, 13:54,
RE: Is this for semi-automatic "assault-knives"?
Mayor Khan is the main reason why there has been this explosion in knife crime , in a former life as a barrister specialising in human rights abuses he believed the Metropolitan police's use of stop and search powers was targeted at ethnic groups so he stopped it when he came to power , in the main I feel it was aimed at the black youths simply because they were the major culprits in knife crime , well done Mayor Khan who knows how many of the victim's would still be alive today if you had left the Met to target the perpetrators instead of being a snowflake saw
Nothing is fool proof for a sufficiently talented fool!!!!
9 April 2018, 13:56,
RE: Is this for semi-automatic "assault-knives"?
Snowflake social justice warrior....he wants to ban motorcycles from London to stop an increase in bike thefts and scooter is a joke
Nothing is fool proof for a sufficiently talented fool!!!!
9 April 2018, 18:00,
RE: Is this for semi-automatic "assault-knives"?
Khan has been talking with NYC Mayor Di Blasio and is learning how to single-handedly destroy one of the greatest cities in the world:

de Blasio’s critics wonder if crimes are going unreported. This is almost certainly the case, but so has it been for every mayor. During the Bloomberg era, there was more than one controversy over efforts within the NYPD to suppress crime reports. Nothing convincing has surfaced during the de Blasio era to suggest that more crimes are going unreported now than in earlier years.

73 de KE4SKY
"Almost Heaven" West Virginia
9 April 2018, 19:21,
RE: Is this for semi-automatic "assault-knives"?
As a historian I have to point out that these regulations and the "stop and search" provisions are almost identical to the methods used by the Nazis in occupied areas of Europe to control the population.

Search on suspicion and the presence of a knife as prima facia evidence of guilt with mandatory confinement for 4 years and viewing trial as a henderence to the efficiency of the process.

Just think about that! Most felons do not get the full 4 years for actually committing a stabbing!

Once the prisons are filled with wild eyed, knife wielding youth, all lumped together to learn the tricks of revolution from one another, the overcrowding will force the use of larger barbed wire enclosed encampments spaced around the fringes of the city, mostly out of sight and mind, with the "good folk" insulated from what goes on in there.

What will it be called, a reeducation center, a rehabilitation camp, weapons offence detention center, or a concentration camp?

Your fathers and grandfathers fought the greatest war in human history to prevent these provisions from being imposed on the British population, no matter what their ethnic background.
9 April 2018, 19:23,
RE: Is this for semi-automatic "assault-knives"?
BTW anyone remember this from last week?

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RE: What's going on over by you all?
I do not think you are seeing the "Big Picture" being laid out in front of you.

There are probably no more stabbing and shootings than in the past and they have been listed as "accidental incidents" rather than crimes so the reputation of the nonviolent Englishman would prevail.

When crime statistics suddenly and dramatically increase there will always be a push to control that crime by limiting the rights of the citizens. That always sounds good as long as it is the other guys' rights that are being stripped. You have to control "those people".

What new intrusive laws do they wish to pass, encouraged and allowed by the public to ensure their own "safety".

Chances are that within two weeks new laws will be proposed against knives and firearms, and they will not just affect London, but every citizen on every lane in GB.
9 April 2018, 19:44,
RE: Is this for semi-automatic "assault-knives"?
I found this article interesting and may have implications within the context of Brexit resistance to EU legal interpretations.

Stop and Search in Spain and France: Same Problem, Very Different Judicial Responses

...Police stops motivated by racial profiling (when the police stop persons on the basis of their appearance and not for what they have done) are a reality throughout Europe....

...Spain's judicial and administrative bodies have again failed the victims of these discriminatory police practices.

The cases presented to the French and the Spanish courts are so similar it is impossible not to compare them. In France, 13 young people, all black or North-African in appearance, reported having been stopped by the police solely on the basis of their physical appearance. They...affirmed that there was nothing to motivate the police action except the ethnic appearance of the plaintiffs. They also drew upon a series of reports by international organizations and statistics that demonstrate that police use of racial profiling is a widespread problem in France.

In Spain...a young man of Pakistani origin who appealed to the Ministry of the Interior after having been stopped by a National Police officer who justified himself by telling the plaintiff, “I’m asking for your papers because your black, and that’s it.”

The evidence submitted was similar to that which was offered in France: reports from domestic and international organizations as well as statistics demonstrating that persons belonging to minority groups are more likely to be stopped by the police. A notarized testimony was presented by a person who was with the plaintiff at the time of the stop and heard the ‘explanation’ offered by the officer (the witness explicitly mentions understanding the consequences of giving false testimony)....

Even the organization supporting strategic litigation in both countries is the same: the Open Society Justice Initiative (together with SOS Racisme Catalunya in the Spanish case), so we may assume that the legal arguments applied in both cases were similar...

Despite the similarity of the two cases, of the evidence provided and of the arguments used, the courts’ responses were very different.

The French Court of Cassation — after a long legal battle — ended up ruling in favor of each and every one of the plaintiffs, holding that the police stops to which they were subjected were illegal.

Meanwhile, in Spain, the Constitutional Court dismissed the appeal (arguing its supposed lack of constitutional relevance) of the previous ruling by the National High Court that acquitted the Ministry of the Interior after the plaintiff brought suit against that body for its failure to compensate him...

The great difference in the responses of the judicial system in the two countries can largely be attributed to their respective positions regarding one of the key tools enshrined in European law for the purpose of effectively combatting discrimination: the inversion of the burden of proof...

In the cases of police racial profiling taken to the French and Spanish courts, the inversion of the burden of proof was especially important, given the lack of transparency surrounding police actions in both countries. Unlike other countries in which stops and searches are documented together with the result of each stop and the ethnic appearance of the person stopped, in Spain and France persons who have been stopped have no means of documenting the police action in the event that they wish to lodge a complaint against the police for mistreatment...

...the difference between the judicial rulings can be traced to the two countries’ different positions with respect to the evidence presented...the French Court of Cassation held that, given the information presented by the plaintiffs and in fulfillment of European standards, the court was obliged to invert the burden of proof. Given the inability of the state to demonstrate that it had not discriminated, the court was compelled to rule in favor of the victims.

...National High Court of Spain did not even admit the evidence provided, automatically giving the benefit of doubt to the Ministry of the Interior and the police (who... did not acknowledge the biased character of the police action in question).

As happens in those cases in which victims of human rights violations do not obtain justice in their own countries...the Spanish case may warrant appeal to Strasbourg...

While European standards should be applied directly by the courts in each country, it is clear that each country must develop its own legal framework for enforcing them. It is urgent that we again take up the push to pass the bill on Equal Treatment and Non-Discrimination that has been stymied for the last five years and take measures to eradicate discriminatory police stops.

Article originally published in the section Contrapoder of the online newspaper

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"Almost Heaven" West Virginia

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