Is your focus the groups of youths gathering further down, and what they might be doing? There is plenty of police activity where the youths are and that is where we are naturally focussed.
The Asian youth, is still about 300 yards away from you, is stopped by three White youths, one of whom tells the youth to go back to his own country. The youths stands and one of the white youths throws two punches at the Asian youth. The second makes contact. The Asian youth reacts to the racist abuse and violence and a scuffle takes place. The White youth backs off.
- What could have happened had the Asian youth not defended himself? You actually didn’t see any of this because you were concentrating on the groups of youths.
- Can we work better? Can we work smarter? Is there anything wrong in approaching youths in a minority if they are alone. Do we need to alter our focus of patrol sometimes?
- Do you think the Asian youth might report this incident?
- So are there issues in Areas where Asian youth are a minority?
- The youth is British born. What view might he have of the police?
How can we change these views?
- What would have happened if we had just seen the Black youth hit the White youth, with one White victim and two witnesses?
In short what I am saying is, we can be more preventative, if we change our focus sometimes. Racism can exist anywhere, not just in areas where Asian people are in a minority. Views please.....Asian youth born here are now fighting back, it is our questionning skills and integrity that might save innocent victims from being criminalised.