Another view on Millwall policing
We asked Nick Glynn what he thought about the policing of the Millwall game on Saturday. He is a Blues supporter and a retired senior police officer. He is an expert witness on police use of force, and was a football commander and adviser for nearly two decades.
He told us that
- the decision to insert police horses into a crowded, fenced in space was dangerous and could have resulted in serious injury. This should be subject to a post-match review, with the views of supporters taken into account.
- coin throwing is unacceptable and dangerous; those responsible should be held accountable for their actions.
- claims of there being ‘a riot’, ‘disgusting scenes’ etc are inaccurate. There was a spectacle at London Bridge and not really much more than that. Huge police numbers drew attention to the mere escorting of football fans from a pub to a football stadium.
You can follow Nick on Twitter (@nickglynn).