London Police can now bump Moped and Motorcycle Thieves

I saw this yesterday on the news and was curious what you thought.  Should police officers be allowed to bump mopeds and motorcycles with their cars to stop thieves who are trying to escape?  Or is this going too far in your opinion?

Now there are two sides to this.  One can say, that someone who commits a crime should be brought to justice no matter how they are caught.  If a potential offender believes there’s a consequence to their actions, they may think twice before committing that crime.  In this case, knowing they can be seriously injured or worse.

The other side to this is that the criminals CAN be seriously injured.  Does the crime they commit, usually stealing a purse, cell phone, shopping bags, etc., equal the possible punishment?  Some say yes because they are driving recklessly putting innocent people at risk.

Has the moped crimes decrease since using this method?

These types of crimes are happening more and more in London and these moped gangs are a real threat.   Back in 2017, in London, there were almost 20,000 moped-related thefts just from January through October.

Now that police can bump these criminals on mopeds, police have seen a decline during the same period this year to under 12,500.

Here’s what a few people had to say about the above tweet:

The actions in the video depicted “police brutality at the very least.”

In another comment, Liam Whitwell said, “Spot on. Live by the sword. Die by the sword. Enough of this pouncing around politics” — to which another user replied, “Nicking a moped isn’t living by the sword.”

There are many opinions and I’m curious to see how you feel.  What would happen in the USA if an officer hit a motorcycle or moped to stop the person?

Please comment below and tell us what you think.

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