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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