Via BBC News
Police have defended their use of a controversial form that requires live music venues to hand over details of performers, promoters and fans.
Form 696 has helped cut shootings and stabbings in and around London gig venues, the Metropolitan Police said.
The Met introduced the risk assessment form to identify gigs where trouble might flare up, partly in response to black-on-black shootings.
But it has been criticised for being heavy-handed and racially motivated.
The Met said the form had “played its part” in an 11% drop in serious violence in licensed premises in 2008.
Thomas Bowen, head of the Met team that deals with Form 696, said: “A co-ordinated effort, and 696 assisting the process of identifying potential gang conflict, is undoubtedly contributing towards that reduction of shooting incidents in licensed premises.” Continue Reading
If people knew how to behave themselves and stopped to think before acting the damn fool, then this would not be an issue now.
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