Is fear of making Muslims angry making police chiefs dodge their first duty? Chris Kenny:
When the NSW police should have been totally preoccupied with freeing hostages from an armed, known extremist claiming jihadist intent, senior police were fussing over issues of social engineering. From the evidence of Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione and his deputy, Catherine Burn, we learned they “placed huge weight on community stability” during the siege …
In her prepared statement, Burn accentuated this point as she described her media performances. “I needed to emphasise community harmony while urging people to provide any information that could help,” she said. “It was paramount that my messaging conveyed tolerance so as not to fuel anger which might have led to bias-motivated crime.”
If I understand this tactic correctly, police bosses don’t want to give the impression that Muslims are more prone to terrorism because that will make Muslims more prone to terrorism.
Six hours into the Lindt cafe siege, while hostages feared for their lives, NSW police launched Operation Hammerhead, deploying officers because they were worried about the potential for what they termed “bias crime” against the Muslim community.
Just over an hour after Lindt cafe manager Tori Johnson and mother of three Katrina Dawson were killed — Dawson by police gunfire — NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione tasked an assistant commissioner to work with the community on “bias-crime vulnerabilities”… A bias crime is when someone is targeted because of race, religion, ethnicity or national origin.
Acting Deputy Commissioner Jeffrey Loy revealed in his statement to the inquest that at 4.40pm, as hostages were held at gunpoint, he spoke with Assistant Commissioner Mark Murdoch about launching Operation Hammerhead “pertaining to bias crime and the debriefing of hostages”…
Later, at 3.15am, just over an hour after the siege ended, Mr Scipione ordered Mr Loy to launch an operation to deal with bias crime…
One senior police figure said the concern about bias crime during a live hostage situation was misplaced. “I would have thought the lives and the welfare of the hostages was the No 1 priority, not worrying about future media releases relating to bias crime or anything else for that matter,” he said.
It strikes me that police are now hostage to the persecution complete of the Muslim advocacy industry. And this when the ultimate persecution was being suffered by the victims of Man Monis.