Cop or criminal, burqa or balaclava?

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The slippery slope argument has proved to be right yet again.A number of Western police forces have allowed the hijab to be added to their police uniform but now West Midland police may take it a giant step further. They could become the first police force in the UK to allow officers to wear the full face veil.At the same time that police are considering this disturbing change to their uniform, three women disguised in full face veil attacked a police station in Mombasa in Kenya.

NAIROBI, Kenya – Three women have been killed after they attacked a police station in the Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa, a police official said Sunday.

One of the women threw a petrol bomb at officers while another pulled out a knife, Mombasa police chief Parterson Maelo said, adding two policemen were wounded in the attack.

The women, who were dressed in niqabs, were then shot by police.

-hotbeak.com

I wouldn’t feel comfortable dealing with a police officer who was wearing a balaclava as that is an item of clothing usually worn by criminals for the express purpose of hiding their identity. If the police are to have our trust it is a pretty basic requirement that we see their face.  Even ISIS are banning the burqa because it has been  successfully used to hide the identity of those  wanting to kill them.

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West Midlands Police said it has “no barriers” relating to the burka as they announced that they would discuss allowing the traditional Islamic dress to become part of a policewoman’s uniform.

Chief Constable David Thompson said he would look into employing officers who wear the burka if the issue arose, as the force tries to increase the percentage of black and minority ethnic (BME) officers in the region to 30 per cent.

The move was last night criticised by MPs, including David Davies, who worked as a police officer in London for nine years and told the Telegraph he is “horrified” by the suggestion.

The hijab – which does not cover the face – has been approved as uniform by the Metropolitan Police and Police Scotland, but it is believed West Midlands is the first force to consider allowing officers to wear full-face burkas or niqabs.

-telegraph.co.uk

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  • Gazza

    Traditional Islamic dress???? No it’s not, there is nowhere in the Koran that specifies how a Muslim woman must dress, it basically prescribes modesty. Thats why there are so many versions Burka, Hijab, Niqab etc and many that don’t wear any style at all. It is actually Muslims men that demand this of their women/family. So for the UK Police to go down this track is a crock and those responsible should be re-thinking their place in Policing. Thin edge of the wedge just got thinner!

    • kiwi

      It is actually written in Sunni sharia law that women must be fully covered and Sunnis are are the largest sect. It is under the heading of “Women’s Obligatory Clothing”.

      • Gazza

        I stand corrected…that little gem of a ‘law’ needs repealing

        • MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels

          Like, well, the entire Sharia.

          But note the cunning use of deceit and obfuscation.

  • crunchyfrog!

    They do seem to be wanting everything.
    Surely if they are that adherent to their beliefs, then they shouldn’t be allowed out in public without a male member of their family to accompany them?
    How do they cope when having to touch a man (to arrest them) who is not an immediate family member?

  • Crowgirl

    No thanks – would sooner deal with the criminal myself, than a cop in that creepy get-up. People who cover their faces have given me the heebeegeebees since I was a kid – because they were usually criminals or Palestinian terrorists. Funny that.

    • Seriously?

      The only upside is that it stops Facebook identifying you in holiday selfies.

  • GoingRight

    I thought there is a fitness test for policemen and women. How on earth are these women going to pass that test completely covered from head to toe. Hardly the garb to be able to catch fleeing perpetrators!

  • Huia

    No, and in case you missed it the first time, emphatically NO.
    This is not the middle east of the middle ages, we read peoples body language and facial expression in a modern world and I have no wish to set my watch back 2 thousand years.
    If they want to be Policewomen in a modern Western society, then accept our rules, codes of dress and behavior.
    You cannot tell who is under one of those horrible garments, so I would have the same consideration for them as they would have for me if I was to join their police force in their homeland but insist on wearing western dress and applying western laws, that would go down like a lead balloon with the Mullahs.
    Aint gonna happen and they would be fools to set such a dangerous precedence.

    • OneTrack

      “and they would be fools to set such a dangerous precedence.”

      Uh, oh.

  • waldopepper

    clearly common sense has gone out the window. whats next. drivers licenses with women wearing burkas. this nonsense has got to stop.

    • Doug

      That is in parts of America already. The laugh being Christian women that wear something over there hair are not allowed to.

  • Duchess of Pork

    I suggest Chief Constable Thompson run a little test trial before proceeding further. Rug up 10 Muslim females in the attire and send them off to patrol any of the rapidly proliferating Sharia no-go zones in the UK. He will receive explicit and immediate feedback to assist the decision making process.

    • OneTrack

      Chief Constable Thompson is looking for a bar to his medal of progressiveness. But, yes, it’s likely he hasn’t really thought through the likely consequences.

      • Duchess of Pork

        Admitting to the presence of no go zones would be a honest start. Even progressives will have to do that sooner or later.

  • Win

    This is indicative of why England (especially the North) voted for Brexit. While the Muslim immigration were not necessarily from Euro countries, many English people feel disenfranchised with their culture being overtaken because of 40 years of pervasive leftist elitist policies, during which time UK immigration has soared. Brexit was one way for ordinary citizens to push back.

  • Andinz

    Doesn’t have to be a muslima under the burka. What a way to go undercover!

  • Sunnyjim

    This is absolutely ridiculous. Surely these people know what western culture is like and if they want to live in our countries and civilisation, it is up to them to adjust to our way of life and certainly not expect us to accommodate their barbaric culture and codes.

  • Jannie

    Reminds me of a video that Lauren Southern from Rebel Media took at the Brexit remain campaign march protesting the exit vote (and democracy haha). Remainers in masks started physically intimidating her and her camera man. The remainers seemed to find this completely acceptable.

    I would have one piece of advice for these people.

    When you go to a rally or protest and you see people in masks – they’re usually the “bad” guys. It doesn’t matter what their cause is, there really isn’t a need to hide your face if your cause is a just one.

  • There is an old saying……when in Rome do as the Romans do. I find it disrespectful that those entering new countries can demand that they bring their culture with them. I also find it disturbing that those that are born in “Rome” are so willing to give up their own culture.

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