The aftermath of a fundamentalist terrorist attack.
Young people being angry.
Mark Duggan, who was shot on Thursday, came within a whisker of shooting dead a police officer before he was "gunned down" - as the papers describe it. The Daily Mail, Independent and Guardian have been quick to quote friends who called the gunman "a good daddy" and "not a trouble-maker".
Now local dismay at Duggan's death has been hijacked by arsonists and rioters, who have created scenes similar to those seen on London's streets after the July Bombings. Yet the usual apologists are already out bemoaning police action to every BBC camera crew they can find. If the killing of an armed attempted murderer justifies widescale looting and petrol bombing, and the hospitalisation of eight police officers, you wonder how the family of Jean-Charles de Menezes - a genuinely innocent victim of botched police work - restrained themselves from blowing up Parliament.
Young people may well be angry. The police are now angry. Boris is fuming. 2000 officers are due to be cut from the Met, and if Blandshire Constabulary has used up its year's overtime budget in four months, I dread to think how London's two forces are faring.
The tide is turning against law and order in the Capital, and those responsible for stopping it it are facing total decimation of their role, working conditions and pay. It's not a happy time for the people of Great Britain.
On the plus side, I'm soon due to receive £5 a month for a year from a guy who assaulted me two years ago.
Community organisers say "the police are absolutely culpable" for the rioting because no senior officer came to speak to them between 5-9pm on a Saturday/Sunday night. Trust me, nobody can get a senior officer to speak to them on a Saturday/Sunday night. Maybe next weekend when I'm trying to get hold of the Duty Super, I'll throw a flaming missile through the window of his office.
The Guardian quotes a source saying Duggan's handgun was found in a sock, and the police officer was shot by friendly fire. If true, this is a disaster. If not, now no one will ever believe the truth. If people think we on the front-line enjoy this kind of misinformation and confusion, think again: most of us would prefer our senior managers released far more information to the press to prevent rumours/unjustified IPCC statements.
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