In March 2017 I wrote a post centred around this remark left by commentator Duffy:
Here’s what many people often seem to forget. Police are there to protect us from criminals. But they are also there to protect the criminals from mob justice.
I referenced cases in Nigeria and Argentina where ordinary people, utterly fed up with the police being unwilling or unable to deal with miscreants, took matters into their own hands and I speculated we’re probably not far off such vigilante justice appearing on the streets of Britain. Then yesterday, via Natalie Solent at Samizdata, I discovered this story:
This shocking footage reveals the moment a gang of vigilantes beat a man in street after he tried to attack people with acid.
The suspect is shown being kicked to the ground outside Maryland train station in East London and battered with a plank of wood before having milk poured over him.
A mob claim to have caught him shortly after he had thrown acid inside a shop after someone refused to hand over some change.
Well, if useless fools like Cressida Dick, Sadiq Khan, and their private army of uniformed enforcers won’t protect the public from such things as acid attacks, sooner or later the public will start protecting themselves:
Footage of the latest incident was filmed by a witness, who shared it on Facebook.
It shows the the alleged acid attacker lying face down in the road outside Maryland railway station in Stratford, surrounded by a group of men.
As he stands up a man kicks him back to the tarmac and somebody in the crowd shouts: ‘Kill him, bro.’
Another man attempts to intervene but the first man continues to kick and stomp him while he is down, making him scream out in pain.
The cameraman warns: ‘Yo, if you bring acid ever again.’
A second man then douses the suspect with what appears to be milk and boots him in the back.
The crowd shouts: ‘Kill him, bruv. P****.’ Somebody then strikes him with a plank of wood.
If this happened in Nigeria the man would be dead, either beaten to a pulp or doused in petrol and set alight. But more importantly, and this was the crux of my previous post, if the police had tried to intervene the crowd would likely have murdered him too. Would the same thing ave happened in London? Probably not but, with recent stories of policemen being mocked and pelted with bottles and stones, I suspect it’s a matter of time before a British policeman intervenes in vigilante justice and meets the same fate as the victim.