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‘BPA will be sad if cops use rubber bullets on students'

COMMENTS: Former BPA chair Leroy Logan

THE BLACK Police Association (BPA) would be “saddened” if plastics bullets are used on students who plan to march in protest against government cuts tomorrow (Nov 9), says BPA member.

Asked about the Met police’s announcement that officers have been cleared to use the bullets if the student protests become disorderly, top cop, Leroy Logan, former chair of the BPA, told The Voice:

“I think we just need to recognise that there are all sorts of tactical options in dealing with disorder in situations and plastic bullets have always been an option. Whether they are used or not is definitely a question that would only be answered if the nature of any disorder is critical enough to warrant their use.

“For the Black Police Association, I do not see a circumstance where they will be using plastic bullets on mainland UK. We in the BPA would be saddened if that tactic option was used.”

In a protest backed by the National Union of Students (NUS), students are expected to gather on November 9, starting from 12-noon at the University of London union on Malet Street in London.

On Monday (Nov 7) the police announced that its officers would have access to baton rounds of plastic bullets to prevent disorder from breaking out in the capital as the latest round of student fees protests take place.

Amidst fears that the protests could be hijacked by anarchists leading to hundreds of arrests made during last November’s and December’s student fee protests – and with fresh memories of the August riots across England – the Met said around 4000 officers would be on duty.

The met said the plastic bullets would only be used in ‘extreme’ cases but critics have blasted the Met for approving their use.

The latest students’ protests precede the upcoming public sector strike, due to take place on November 30, which is being described as a strike likely to be Britain’s biggest since the 1926 General Strike.

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