I've have just looked at the BBC website at the story regarding the deranged gunman in Northumberland, and I am horrified to see photograph of an armed Police Officer pointing his automatic weapon at an elderly couple while their car is searched.  I fully understand the man they are looking for is very dangerous, but I cannot believe for one minute that this officer genuinely believes these elderly people are about to pull a gun on him.  This a scene reminiscent of a Police state where the Police are using their guns to intimidate the population.

Why is this idea important?

It would appear that the Police are becoming too quick to point guns at people with no real reason, the risk of another Stockwell is high if more controls are not placed on the Armed Police as well as furthering the alienation of the Police from the public.

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