Police chair defends dancing officers: ‘Cut them some slack’


Metropolitan Police monitor climate change protesters

Thursday, April 18, 2019

The chair of the Metropolitan Police Federation has supported the actions of two officers who were caught dancing on shift with climate change protesters in London this week.

Appearing on the Matthew Wright show, Ken Marsh said police bosses should "cut them a bit of slack".

"This is unprecedented, a lot of my colleagues are out there now fresh out the box and they’ve never seen anything like this," he said.

“We are on top of it, we are dealing with it and I can tell you there will be robust measures carried out over the next couple of days to deal more assertively with what we are faced with.”

He added: “At the end of the day officers are working 12 to 16 hours, having six hours off and then they’re back again. Cut them a bit of slack if they want to do some moves.”

Metropolitan Police commander, Jane Connors, said she was "disappointed" by the video, and branded the actions of the officers "unacceptable".

When questioned whether the police were sympathetic to Extinction Rebellion’s cause, Mr Marsh said the Metropolitan Police were completely impartial and there to serve and protect the public instead of being out there with an opinion around what’s taking place.

He said: “I know a lot of them are baffled by what’s taking place and they can’t quite believe they’re stood next to a pink ship in the middle of a public highway in central London.”

Words by Wesley Hudson   

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