West Midlands Police arrest 12-year old boy over a series of racist tweets.
July 14, 2014
Location: West Midlands metropolitan county, England.
Population: 2.9 million.
Crime rate (June 2019 – May 2020): 3,290 per 100,000 residents
Violent crime rate: 31.6% of all crimes
According to figures released by West Midlands Police, crime in the metropolitan county has reached its highest levels last year.
This comes at a time when the number of police officers is at its lowest, thanks to government-pushed budget cuts of £175 million ($220 million USD).
To give some perspective, in 2018 more than 800 children were caught by police carrying knives, while some 700 children under the age of 16 were victims of knife crimes. Some as young as 10.
2019 proved to be an even worst year for West Midlands, with the overall crime increasing by 17 percent.
Knife offenses against children and adults also soared in 2019. All in total, the county saw an additional 500 knife offences compared to the previous 12 months, for a grand total of 3,649 incidents.
But knife attacks are not the only problem in the region. Other violent crimes like rape, attempted murder, homicide and slavery (yes, slavery) are also a major concern.
The vast majority of these human traffickers are not native Britons or Anglo-Saxons.
Drugs is another major problem in West Midlands. Earlier this month, police seized 200 kg (440 lbs) of drugs worth £7 million ($8.78 million USD).
Amid all the chaos: the defunding of police, skyrocketing crime rates, and shortage of officers, the West Midlands Police somehow found the time to launch an investigation and conduct the arrest of a 12-year old boy who tweeted racist messages at professional soccer player Wilfried Zaha.
With all of all the crimes and arrests to report on, this is the success story they chose to brag about.
“We were alerted to a series of racist messages sent to a footballer today and after looking into them and conducting checks, we have arrested a boy. The 12-year-old from #Solihull has been taken to custody. Thanks to everyone who raised it. Racism won’t be tolerated.”
#ARRESTED| We were alerted to a series of racist messages sent to a footballer today and after looking into them and conducting checks, we have arrested a boy.
The 12-year-old from #Solihull has been taken to custody.
Thanks to everyone who raised it. Racism won’t be tolerated. pic.twitter.com/oFxBUvdtV1
— West Midlands Police – #StayAlert (@WMPolice) July 12, 2020
The response among Twitter users is mixed. While some have praised the police for their big heroic efforts in arresting a 12-year child who posted mean tweets, others ridiculed them for their actions.
This incident also illustrates the poor leadership among the ranks, and highlights the serious problems they have with managing resources and prioritizing cases.
To most people, arresting a 12-year old child over racist tweets is an overkill reaction by the police.