Mayor Sadiq Khan of London said on Thursday he was angered and heartbroken by the recent violent deaths in the city streets, and that patrols have been increased with extra stop-and-search powers in place, a measure he formerly opposed because he claimed it unfairly targeted ethnic minorities.
“If you have any information about these horrific crimes – please contact the police,” Khan said.
I‘m angered and heartbroken by the recent violent deaths on our streets. @metpoliceuk patrols have already been increased and extra stop-and-search powers are in place. If you have any information about these horrific crimes – please contact the police. pic.twitter.com/Zc0fvyV7J7
— Mayor of London (@MayorofLondon) April 5, 2018
Recently, London surpassed New York City for the amount of murders committed, and hospitals are said to resemble war zones.
900 officers of hate crimes must be put back on the streets or is your butthurtness more important than peoples lives?. I wish you no harm in life but I really wish you get your priorities right or just simply feck off.
— the rampant lion (@MartynElliott3) April 5, 2018
Though some might see the Mayor’s announcement as a positive step, others expressed annoyance at how long it took Mayor Khan to acknowledge the problem, and are calling for his resignation.