23 Jan 2012

Observation on non-duncey behaviour

While listening to a radio 4 programme this morning on criminal justice, I was reminded of an incident that happened where I live about two weeks ago.

2011-12-24 10.51.57Early one morning, at around 3 AM I heard a male voice shouting "Keisha! Keisha!", accompanied by a very loud banging (such as a fist thumping on a door and the door vibrating). My bedroom window being open, the sound was very disturbing. This continued for some hours, with the thumping and shouting happening at the various doors in my area. You can see from the photo he was spoilt for choice on the doors. Winking smile

At around 5 AM I came downstairs. Suddenly the banging started at my door. When I opened the door there was a young black guy asking for Keisha. I told him there was no Keisha living here. He went a few doors away, and began banging on that door (incidentally the doorway Keisha did live). Keisha did not respond.

Then came the banging on my door again. When I opened the door the young man was still there, asking to speak to Keisha.  I told him there was no Keisha living here (again), so he went to another door - not Keisha’s - and began banging over there. No one answered. This merry-go-round went on several times, each time he banged on my door he appeared to be more irritated and more disoriented. I suspect that he might have been on drugs from his behaviour.

The last time that I told him that Keisha was not living at my address he became very aggressive,  and threatened "to put a ‘cap’ in me". I left my door open, turned around and picked up my phone.  I dialled 999, requested the police (in England the operator asks which emergency service you need, whether fire, ambulance or police). I reported to the police that there was a strange man in front my home who threatened to shoot me and whom I suspect might be hiding a gun, and also that he appeared to be on drugs.

Within 2 minutes, two police officers arrived at my door. The taller of the two approached me and address me, "Good morning, sir. Did you phone the police?” to which I replied, “Yes.” The other in the meantime had approached the young man who was still on my lawn. The police had responded so quickly, he was still there hurling threats in my direction. The taller officer again addressed me, enquiring as to what was the problem, and I pointed to the man (early 20’s) on the lawn, saying he was threatening to shoot me.

I was astounded when the police officers, both of them then approached the man and addressed him as “Sir, what are you doing here?” No duncey tactics and attitude for these boys! The man explained he was trying to contact his girlfriend and that his phone battery had died. He switched his phone on, it did come on, but again I was astounded when the police officer took out his own phone and tried to call Keisha using the number supplied by the man. Again, I can’t see a duncey doing this!

After getting no answer, the officers to the man, “Sir, you have to move on. You can’t be disturbing the people here at this early time of the morning”. They  still hadn’t touch him at this point, merely walked alongside him to escort him down the long path and out of the area.

Now, the reason I am blogging this is to highlight a number of things:

  1. The response time of the police in England, as differs from dunceys on the Rock. No excuse about not having cars available here!
  2. The seriousness with which they took the telephone report.
  3. The attitude which they approached me, the complainant.
  4. The attitude they approached a possible lawbreaker!
  5. The methods used to diffuse a hazardous situation… keep in mind two unarmed officers (English police do not carry guns) approached a possibly armed, potentially hyped up, drugged-up man.
  6. The effective, yet completely polite way they removed the man from the area. No batons were wielded nor guns drawn.

Sad to say, I harbour little hopes that dunceys will be similarly trained or become intellectually mature within my lifetime.