Kurt Zindulka, Breitbart, August 20, 2020
Assaults on Metropolitan Police officers rose by nearly 40 per cent during the Chinese coronavirus lockdown in London, with Scotland Yard pointing to violent protests and street-parties-turned-riots as the main driver of the rise in attacks.
The Met said that between May and July, there were 2,027 attacks on officers in the British capital, representing a 38 per cent jump over the same period last year.
The police force told the BBC that large scale protests including those held by Black Lives Matter and supposedly far-right groups “contributed” to the massive rise in attacks on British police. A swath of unlicensed music events which devolved into violent confrontations is also believed to account for part of the increase in assaults on officers.
The figures also revealed that in the year leading up to July 2020, 6,668 police officers were attacked, which is also a 16 per cent rise over the previous year.
At present, perpetrators of common assault or battery against a British police officer — or other front-line workers such as firefighters and paramedics — will only face a maximum sentence of 12 months behind bars. The government is considering doubling the sentence to two years in England and Wales.
In June, Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage said that he thinks law and order will be the defining issue of the decade, as Brexit defined the last.
Farage warned that there is “a growing racial divide because people will not be put up with being dictated to by a Marxist organisation called ‘Black Lives Matter’. It just doesn’t work.”
“The sheer extent to which, now, people are regularly victims of crimes, and yet they now have got to the point where they hardly even bother to report them,” Farage noted.