On the streets of London, people still talk about the crimes that have swept the capital over the past year.
But the crimes are often not about the crime, but the media and the politicians that perpetrate them.
In the aftermath of a deadly stabbing attack in a London restaurant, for example, a British politician who once described the incident as a “brutal, brutal attack” has called for the city to get back to a more peaceful time.
And when politicians and the media have been involved, their stories have been largely the same: The British government has been responsible for the rise of so-called “no-exceptions” crime.
They were part of a trend in Britain that saw a rise in so-call “preventable” killings of young people and, as a result, was blamed for a significant increase in crime, according to a recent study by criminologist Mark Garnier.
Garnier found that between 2003 and 2014, there was a 1,100 per cent increase in the number of homicides committed by people under 18, which he termed “precautionary homicide.”
The most violent part of the crime wave was a period that saw “pre-existing tensions,” which, as Garnier notes, were likely to have been exacerbated by the introduction of the police state.
After the 2011 London riots, Garnier wrote that there was an attempt to “rebrand” Britain as a safer place, and he suggested that politicians and commentators used this change in perception to justify a rise of “no excuses” crime in the capital.
“It is important to note that a significant proportion of these crimes are not the result of any particular crime, they are the product of a culture of impunity, in which violence is rewarded with a high degree of legitimacy and a feeling of power,” Garnier writes in his report.
“These are not criminal acts, but a form of institutionalized violence that legitimizes the police.”
In recent years, the media has also played a key role in perpetuating this narrative.
The rise of the “no excuse” crime trend in the UK has been attributed to the rise in “no escape” police officers.
In some cases, the officers who commit these crimes will receive no training whatsoever.
During the 2016 London Olympics, London police chief Sadiq Khan even said that he was “not proud” of his officers.
Khan, a Muslim, said that they had “never had any training in self-defence.”
He also said that officers are now taught “to not even think about self-preservation,” according to the Guardian.
However, it has also been reported that officers who carry out these crimes may be given the same training as other members of the public, including people of colour.
On Sunday, the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire interviewed a former London police officer who described the “precautions” that the officers were given.
The officer, who was also on duty at the time, said: “We had to do everything in our power to get the situation under control.
If we didn’t, then we would get the cops to kill people.”
While many people may think that there is a correlation between the rise and the rise, in reality, it is a false dichotomy, Garniest says.
One of the things that makes the rise so dangerous is that it’s not just an “unprecedented rise,” he said.
There is also a “dangerous, unhealthy, unbalanced balance of power in the system,” Garniest wrote.
“There’s a culture in policing that is deeply entrenched in a certain way of thinking.”
“There is a culture that has developed that is inextricably linked to the police, that is a result of a certain kind of mindset that has come from police culture and has been developed by police culture,” he explained.
According to Garnier, “there is an increasing belief in the need to do whatever it takes to keep the police safe.
And this is a dangerous ideology that has a powerful effect on people.”