Listen to the people that are rioting, I heard a few interviewed on the radio. When asked why they are doing it they say because other people are doing it and nothing is happening to them and they wanted the goods. The interviewer went on to ask were they not scared of repercussions the reply was "what repercussions?", they went onto say they knew that if they were first time offenders which they all said they were they would get off very lightly. They see the news and are educated enough to know the majority of rioters will get off scott free.
Whether people like it or not some parts of society need a deterrent to stop them acting in an antisocial way. These parts of society don't have the morals or upbringing that the majority do. The majority, through good parenting, respect for the authorities and fear of repercussions don't act in an antisocial law breaking way. I feel so sorry for the police, they are not respected and even more worrying they are unable to instil any fear when they need to. The only thing that seamed to scare the rioters off were when the dogs were unleashed, that sent them scattering.
The Police Service needs to become more of a Police Force again, its a hard balance but something has to be done. Its disgusting seeing police lined up behind shields taking abuse and being attacked by teenagers seemingly unable to retaliate in any way.
Should they be allowed to exert more force? In my opinion yes but there will always be someone shouting police brutality. Then there will be occasions when to much force is used and due to the media mostly there will be a public outcry and the police will be criticised.
Its been said to death but I will say it again, morals and social responsibility is lacking in the younger generations. I have friends who are teachers that work in good schools and the abuse and lack of respect they get from a considerable number of children I simply couldn't cope with. Society, especially teenagers and younger need to know there will be consequences to their actions at the minute there is a severe lack of them at home, in school and on the streets.