There is a perception that murders are one black criminal killing another "so it doesn't really matter," a former police officer has said.
A 17-year-old girl was shot dead last night (April 2) in Tottenham and a 16-year-old boy was discovered earlier in Walthamstow with gunshot wounds, who is now in a critical condition. Another boy was also found with stab injuries in Walthamstow, but they are not thought to be life-threatening.
Concerns over violence in London have been raised as the murder rate in February and March has risen above New York's rate.
Former police officer Norman Brennan told Julia Hartley-Brewer after hearing about the incident "I then started putting a few tweets out and there was a black lady in Tottenham and she said 'Norman when is this going to stop'?
"I said there is a perception by some, not me, that it’s one black criminal killing another black criminal so it doesn't really matter."
He explained when incidents like burglaries happen the public "rightly so" want police officers at the scene and they "say we’ll get there as soon as we can."
But then if "there’s shooting or a stabbing, last night would have taken dozens and dozens of officers to seal off the area, do house to house enquiries, obviously take statements, and everybody ringing in with their burglaries, car crashes, would have [had to have been told] 'we will get to you when we can'," rather than immediately.
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