Thursday, October 26, 2006

Police in Manchester, England have been told not to arrest Muslims wanted on warrants at prayer times during Ramadan

BBC News:

Greater Manchester Police confirmed it had asked detectives not to make planned arrests during those periods for reasons of religious sensitivity.

The advice was emailed out to officers working in Moss Side, Hulme, Whalley Range, Rusholme, Fallowfield, Ardwick, Longsight, Gorton and Levenshulme.

Police said it was not a blanket ban, just a "request for sensitivity".

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At 5:48 AM, Blogger GMP said...

This issue has generated a lot of debate, but unfortunately much of it has been as a result of misinformation which has appeared in the media.

To clarify the actual situation, officers were never instructed not to make arrests. The month of Ramadan is an important time of the year for members of the Muslim community throughout the world. Officers were asked to be aware that this important religious festival is taking place and to ensure that they remain professional and respectful to member of the community when going about their duties.

This was unfortunately misinterpreted by some people, including certain elements of the media, which has resulted in some misunderstanding of the position. The primary objective of Greater Manchester Police is to fight crime and protect people and we will aim to continue to do so for all the people we serve, whatever their background.


GMP Press Office

At 12:32 AM, Anonymous PC Not PC said...

Let me translate for the Greater Manchester Police mouthpiece in the previous post and explain what remaining "professional" and "respectful" means:

"If you sods arrest a Muslim during Ramadan and those paythan buggers get their panties in a twist FOR ANY REASON, we are not going to back you up, we are going to cut you loose and let you twist slowly in the wind, and may God have mercy on your soul."

Believe me, the copper on the beat knows what they really mean.


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