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Scotland Yard To Londoners: We Need To Do Better

The Scotland Yard is admitting that they should have handled the riots in London a lot better. One of their chiefs has apologized today as a result, saying the riots stretched resources they had never seen before.

Via The Independent: Deputy Assistant Commissioner Stephen Kavanagh said he apologised "that London has got to wake up to these scenes".

"We need to do better for London because those images last night were shocking for everyone," Mr Kavanagh told reporters.

Mr Kavanagh said: "From 4pm yesterday evening the extremely mobile level of violence meant that resources were stretched to a level I have never seen before."

From this afternoon, up to 16,000 officers will be on duty, he said, adding that every beat officer and police community support officer "needs to be standing next to their community".

Giving an update on arrests, Commander Simon Foy issued a warning that the police will mount a "vigorous and rigorous pursuit" of individuals who have not been arrested and "think they have got away with it".

"My message to them is we will come and find you."

The Lancashire and Greater Manchester Police forces have sent support units to aid the Metropolitan Police.

Around 100 officers from Greater Manchester Police trained in dealing with public disorder were deployed to London earlier.

More than 30 officers from three police support units (PSUs) of Lancashire Constabulary and a Public Order Commander are also assisting, along with colleagues from Cumbria Constabulary.

Assistant Chief Constable Peter White, of Lancashire Constabulary, said: "We can confirm that we are providing mutual aid to the Metropolitan Police Service during the ongoing disturbances in and around London.

"Three Lancashire Police Support Units - a total of 33 officers - have been deployed along with a Public Order Commander to assist colleagues in the Met with the operation.

"We would reassure the public of Lancashire that the constabulary's ability to deal with and prevent crime during this time will not be affected.

"While we have not cancelled rest days or annual leave at present, we have made a decision not to approve any new requests for leave or rest days for the duration of the operation in London."

Cumbria Constabulary said it had committed to providing mutual aid to the Police National Information Co-ordination Centre.

A spokeswoman said: "Around 30 highly-trained police officers from Cumbria are currently on stand-by and ready to be deployed to support colleagues in other force areas.

"Cumbria Constabulary also has contingency plans in place to ensure that there are enough available resources in Cumbria."

Business Secretary Vince Cable told BBC Radio 4's World at One the public were looking for "absolute assurance" that people engaged in the violent, thuggish behaviour were arrested and where found guilty "suitably punished".

He said: "I am in close touch with all the business groups to make sure that those people in the affected areas are given the support they want."

Mr Cable said nobody expected the disturbances would break out "all over London in the way they did".

Commenting on the reasons for the riots, he said: "All the evidence so far is that this is criminality, it is theft, there doesn't appear to be any underlying political purpose in it."

He added there was a need to get to the bottom of the "complex causes".

Complex causes, huh? From what we know based on our internet search that pulled up fragments of the story, even from London papers, it's the same ol' situation. Mark Duggan, a 29-year-old Black man was hastily shot by police. The police were investigating a shooting in the man's Tottenham neighborhood and pulled him over to investigate. The Daily Mail said he did have a gun on him but ballistic evidence showed that he didn't shoot at the police before they opened fire and killed him. What's missing from every report we look up is how being pulled over lead to this man being killed. Also according to The Daily Mail, a probe into the man's death could take up to six months. As a result of the man's murder and subsequent nonchalant attitude about how he died, family and friends protested peacefully but then it turned into the violent riots. This is really sad. Read the full article (linked above) over at The Independent.

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My heart hurts that y’all people are so idiot. SAME PRODUCER. SAME PRODUCER CANT STEAL HIS OWN BEAT. Y’all people are dumb or what? Now stop complaining but go stream Sally Walker. @IGGYAZALEA @JWhiteDidIT pic.twitter.com/icwktxQXjo

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Maxine Waters Comments On College Admissions Scandal

In light of the recent college admissions scandal where affluent families were caught administering bribes for their children to get into specific colleges, Maxine Waters shared her opinion on this example of wealth and privilege.

“I am heartbroken and disgusted by the lying and cheating of the ultra-rich parents," Waters said. "And their allies who orchestrated an egregious college admissions scheme and robbed highly qualified students of the opportunity to attend elite universities."

The U.S. representative went on to celebrate the investigation that led to the discovery of more than $25 million dollars between 2011 to 2018 paid to William Rick Singer, a college admissions counselor who reportedly misrepresented students by forging standardized tests and a student's athletic abilities.

"I applaud the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, federal prosecutors, and the nearly 200 federal agents nationwide who exposed the lies and toxic privilege leveraged by wealthy elites to buy their children admittance into selective colleges," Waters continued.

The California rep went on to offer her support to minority students who experience discrimination during their application process. The 80-year-old congresswoman promised to one day make education accessible for all.

“There should be no toll or tax on one’s path to success besides hard work. I stand with students across this country—particularly those from minority, low-income, and rural communities—who have been unfairly denied admission to elite universities as well as the students who have filed a class action lawsuit against the schools named by federal prosecutors. I will not stop until we have an education system that is accessible, affordable, and equitable for all—not some.”

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Logic Announces 'Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind' Album, Debuts New Song

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Just around the corner 📸 - @jflei

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