Responding to New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton’s comments to LBC that water cannon had a “horrific history” and would not be “contemplated being used anywhere in America” Labour London Assembly Crime Spokesperson Joanne McCartney AM said:
“The American experience of water cannon has shown how dangerous and inappropriate their use can be. Boris Johnson would do well to heed Bill Bratton’s warning and drop his misguided plans to put water cannon on the capital’s streets.
“The Home Secretary’s continued reluctance to approve their use suggests that she agrees that these kind of dangerous and blunt tools have no place on London’s streets. It’s time the Mayor accepted he was wrong to waste millions of pounds of tax payer money on these water cannon and sold them so we can reinvest the money in things the Met actually needs.
“There is clear cross-party opposition to water cannon in London as last year’s London Assembly’s Water Cannon: Why the Met’s case doesn’t wash report made clear.”