After several days of rioting and looting in and around London, police finally established a forceful presence throughout the city. In a special meeting of Britain's Parliament, Prime Minister David Cameron again denounced the culture that produced criminals as young as 12 years old.
In a special report from Jane Deith of Independent Television News, U.K.'s youth have become the prime suspects in the aftermath of several days of looting and rioting. Manchester magistrates court held a special overnight sitting to get through the army of children and adults charged over the rioting and looting in Manchester and Salford. Three judges sat in three courts from 9:00 p.m. last night right through the night, dealing swiftly and robustly with more than 100 defendants.
Prime Minister David Cameron has promised tough justice and the chief crown prosecutor for Manchester says his team is going to hit the rioters and looters hard. Police are plowing through hundreds more photographs and CCTV images of looters, but say they will catch up with them all.
"These people were all volunteers. They didn't have to do what they did. And they must suffer the consequences. But crime has a context, and we must not shy away from it. I have said before that there is a major problem in our society with children growing up not knowing the difference between right and wrong. This is not about poverty. It is about culture, a culture that glorifies violence, shows disrespect to authority, and that says everything about rights, but nothing about responsibilities." David Cameron, British Prime Minister
"Justice when it's swift is most effective. It's about ensuring that they see the shock and awe of the criminal justice system, because we represent society. We want to ensure that society is reflected in our courtrooms. And we want them to experience what they made us experience." Nazir Afzal, Crown Prosecution Service
1. Where is the United Kingdom?
2. What is a riot?
3. What is the difference between a monarchy and a democracy?
1. What do you think ignited the recent riots in London?
2. What do you think should be the consequences for individuals involved in the rioting?
3. Should a person’s age be considered when they are charged with a crime? Why or why not?