#Grenfell residents say SCO-19 armed police on estate. Why?

The SKWAWKBOX

In the last few days, some news outlets have reported ‘riot police’ manning cordons in the area of Grenfell Tower:

riot pol 1However, neighbours of Grenfell Tower have told the SKWAWKBOX that armed police from the Metropolitan Police’s SCO-19 (formerly SO19) Specialist Firearms Command have been patrolling the estate.

The police in the image above, described as ‘riot police’ by a reporter, are wearing the dark blue caps typical of SCO19 armed officers. Although this is not absolutely definitive, the caps are certainly closely-associated with London’s armed police:

blue hats.pngPolice officers wearing baseball caps typical of SCO-19 on a cordon near Grenfell Tower

bluehat.pngOne young resident of the area alleges that an armed officer thrust the barrel of his weapon into his throat when the young man became frustrated at not being allowed to pass and go about his business.

The Metropolitan Police press office initially told the SKWAWKBOX that no armed police…

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