I base these posts on Fandango’s Who Won the Week posts, and I use the opportunity just to look at my own newsfeeds.
I want to highlight a desperately sad story this week. Up in Liverpool, 9-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel was shot dead. It appears she was caught in the crossfire when shooters entered her house, chasing the intended victim. I mean, it’s a terrible story but there are details all over the media, so I won’t discuss it further. There are probably fewer murders in the UK than you might think, and somebody this young… never.
What surprised me was the level of mistrust there must be up there, between the police and the public. Where you’d expect to take co-operation for granted, police are having to spell out that first step: “please come and talk to us”. Because, normally, people obviously don’t. The police have been at pains to stress ways that the public can get in touch indirectly, if they don’t want to speak directly.
There seems to be an attitude “us and them”, where there’s little communication between the two sides. And somewhere in the middle is this poor girl.
Whether this is through fear or simple unwilling, how bad must the policing have been in the past, for things to have become this dysfunctional?