Taskforce Officers were out recently doing drug swabs in Shoreditch as part of a wider operation to ensure the night time economy is a safe place for all

Jan 2, 2022 · 5:00 PM UTC

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The video posted by the Met on social media was filmed in Shoreditch during a ‘week of action’ supporting women’s safety between Monday, 6 and Sunday, 12 December 2021. Read more here:
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Maybe do some in the house of commons?
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This a violation of peoples rights, where's the reasonable suspicion?
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I’ve seen some worrying news about our police in the last few years but this is bizarre. Does this catch Mr Big? Who does this keep safe? Where are you when we really need you?
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Would you do this in the city of London? Canary Wharf? Chelsea? Westminster 👀
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Can you please provide the criteria your officers used to determine who to swab, the number of people swabbed and the number of positive results for each drug tested for? For avoidance of doubt, this is a Freedom of Information request
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Oh, and could you also tell me the legal basis on which this operation was carried out - that is, what law allows you to swab whatever people you choose under whatever criteria were used? And were the people you chose given the opportunity to decline consent?
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Really poor use of police resources. Especially when apparently you dont have the time, manpower or interest to pursue actual crimes already committed with evidence provided I.e. number 10 and the houses of parliament partying during their own imposed lockdown. #readtheroom
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Really? Tell that to the mothers whose kids have died because of taking drugs, or died getting caught up selling them. In one breath people are saying the streets on safe, and In the other they don't want action being taken to stop the deaths
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Is this even allowed?!? You’re stopping people on a night out and swabbing them?! Can they say no? I’ve never heard of this before, it just seems bit wrong. Fair enough if you’re arresting them for disorderly behaviour but just random sampling seems odd!
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