The British police forces are a joke when it comes to confiscating “dangerous weapons”. Not only are they considering whisks and spoons to be so dangerous that they have to tout the confiscations on social media, but they are totally bemused when people point out that they presume people are will commit violence with any object that could be potentially used as a weapon, and that only by confiscating practically anything will they be doing their job.
Now, they are confiscating tiny toy baseball bats.
This metal bat was found when Officers were checking internal stairwells around the Estates today. Taken off the streets and out of harms way. We check a lot of internal stairs and areas around the patch so let us know where we need to go and we will check it out on patrol pic.twitter.com/SskUzYxr54
— Regents Park Police (@MPSRegentsPark) June 28, 2019
Note that they compared the size of the bat to a writing pen with the bat being less than three times the length; this isn’t a full size bat but something you’d give to a kid.
And yes, these are the same people who touted confiscating a rusty spoon.
Rather than carry on with the proverbial stiff upper lip, the police ended up getting a bit pissy on social media about all the people making fun of them.
How has this tweet generated so much abuse and hate?? Clearly we cant explain the whole situation of the area it was found,recent activities etc because that would use to many characters. How about trust the Police that we didn’t just stop a baseball game and that it was a weapon https://t.co/IPF0B3Y4dA
— Regents Park Police (@MPSRegentsPark) June 29, 2019
What is even sadder for the U.K. than police beclowning themselves, are the many responders who defended the police, saying that people should just blindly trust these clowns and otherwise agreeing that a simple object, a toy, is inherently the cause of violence.
A little mood music: