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Black police slam water cannon bid

John Scheerhout
Manchester Evening News [1]
Tuesday, July 14, 2009

BLACK cops have branded moves by Greater Manchester Police to introduce water cannon as ‘grotesque’ and accused the force of an ‘erosion of civil liberties’.

On Tuesday the M.E.N. reported how the force was considering introducing water cannon to quell riots.

It has considered buying the £600,000 machines or loaning them from the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI).

Officers have already been on a fact-finding mission to the PSNI.



Documents seen by the M.E.N. show force bosses have been thinking about introducing water cannon since November, 2007, but kept it secret because they didn’t want the media to `give the impression GMP is being heavy-handed’.

Manchester Central MP Tony Lloyd has already expressed concerns and asked when and how police would use water cannon.

Water cannon have become a symbol of oppression after they were turned on black people during the American civil rights movement in the 1960s.

Full story here. [1]