UK NEWS: POLICE DEFEND BLACK MUSIC CONCERT CRACKDOWN

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.

3 replies »

  1. I think your right, some of them need to take responsibility and stop acting invincible sometimes.

    “Jon McClure, singer with indie group Reverend and the Makers, has claimed the form is racist because it targets black audiences, and has started a petition against its use.”

    It is hard to defend the police against this, but i think with the problems black uk music is facing eg non exposure and so on , may be having less crime around it is a good thing, who knows..

  2. I thinksome of the artists them self need to talk stock of what they are saying to, seems like it has come round and bite them on their ass!

    Bora, shack, strap, crack, shot, shoot, trap, etc etc… negative rhymes breeds negative minds.

  3. @ fr, preach it. We have enough violence with kids dying, without it being fueled. We all know how much adrenaline and influence music has. With the problems people already have, they do not need a catalyst. I second the form if removes this foolishness.

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