Enraged Britons have taken to Twitter after the chief of West Midlands Police said officers would break up festive family celebrations for violating lockdown rules.
The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said on Tuesday in an interview with the Telegraph newspaper that his officers would be ready to break up Christmas celebrations that defy the government’s Covid rules.
“If we think there’s large groups of people gathering where they shouldn’t be, then police will have to intervene. If, again, there’s flagrant breaking of the rules, then the police would have to enforce,” Jamieson remarked.
The police chief argued that it is not an officer’s job to “stop people enjoying their Christmas,” but he added that the police were there to enforce government rules.
One Twitter user claimed that the police were ignoring the real crimes and that they should be wearing brown shirts, a reference to the Nazis’ original paramilitary wing.
@Telegraph West Midlands Police will go into people’s homes at Christmas & break up families. It is time The police in Britain start to wear Brownshirts, they are behaving like Brownshirts so if the shirt fits! Whilst murder rape & violence off the Richter scale and ignored
— Mary Hook (@Gormengast1) October 27, 2020
Meanwhile, another user also invoked the Nazi comparison, claiming that the power had gone to their heads.
The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner “It’s not the police’s job to stop people enjoying their Christmas. However, we are there to enforce the rules that the Government makes”. Everything before the however is bill. These petty Hitler’s are enjoying their new powers
— Degsy Roberts (@degsyroberts) October 28, 2020
The former leader of the far-right British National Party, Nick Griffin, called on Britons to rise up in protest. Griffin slammed the “Covid cops” and also shared a photo of a police raid on a church in Cardiff which took place on Sunday.
A number of people also accused the police chief of scaremongering and pointed out the logistics of enforcing Covid restrictions on Christmas Day, claiming there just are not enough police officers to go around.
The West Midlands P+CC must be really silly.