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Pictured: A police officer stands guard near the Manchester Arena on May 23, 2017, following a suicide bombing by Salman Abedi, who murdered 22 concert-goers.
Pictured: A police officer stands guard near the Manchester Arena on May 23, 2017, following a suicide bombing by Salman Abedi, who murdered 22 concert-goers.

Britain’s Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, Max Hill, recently recommended:

“…the Police should consider and reflect upon the community impact of a large-scale [terror] investigation, centering as it did on particular areas of Manchester with a large Muslim population… Good community policing, as well as good counter-terrorism policing, demands that real efforts are made to work within and with local communities, where many blameless residents will have been inconvenienced if not traumatised by the regular appearance of Police search and arrest teams on their street or in their home. I would like to see the outcome of Police reflections on this aspect…” [Emphasis added]

Hill’s recommendation was published in his recent report on how the UK handles its counter-terrorism efforts. In the report, Hill examines police investigations of the major 2017 terrorist attacks; his recommendation was connected to the investigation into the terrorist attack in Manchester in May 2017, in which Salman Abedi murdered 22 people and injured 139, half of them children, at an Ariana Grande pop concert at the Manchester Arena.

The police, in other words, should consider making it a priority to work in a way so that their investigations of the murder and maiming of all these people will not “inconvenience” the community in which the suicide bomber lived.

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