I think the ACPO are a part of the problem. The impression given is that they fall over themselves to conform to a PC agenda and always seem to be able to spare resources to dance with stabby drug dealers of a certain complexion or follow up on the most spurious issues if there's a chance of ticking the right box.Entirely understandable predicament. I would say that it's on the ACPO ranks to make government aware of that kind of scenario, and ask the Home Secretary difficult questions like "with the current level of funding, I need to de-prioritise one of these calls, which of them would you prefer that be?"
I don't blame the boys and girls on the ground but it seems to an outsider that the lack of decisive leadership and a failure to adhere to the unshakeable doctrine that the law applies to all equally, has led to a situation where the policing of minority groups is fraught with professional jeopardy and it takes an extreme incident like this before anything robust is done.
In the safety industry, HSE folk can tell the likelihood of a serious injury or fatality occurring by the number of near misses that are clocked up, that's why they're taken seriously and followed up on, even if no harm's done. In a similar vein, I wonder what the combined form of those involved in this incident looks like?
Again, as an outsider, it seems that part of the problem is that, in addition to Calamity May's depredations, we have essentially reduced the number and effectiveness of the police by disproportionately increasing the amount of time and effort they require to spend on process in order to be compliant and ensure that the crims don't walk on a technicality.