This is being classified as a “race killing,” and maybe it was. But the “Asian” gangs in this article are Muslims, and there is no doubt that politically correct fear of offending the UK’s growing Muslim population has a role in the denial of an inquiry here. From The Scotsman, with thanks to Teri:
THE Scottish Executive has rejected calls for an inquiry into the racially-motivated murder of a 15-year-old boy six months after police abandoned an operation to tackle the problem of Asian street gangs.
Operation Gadher, set up to tackle the growth of Asian gang culture in the South Side of Glasgow, was dropped at the end of last year because it was not deemed politically correct.
In March, Kriss Donald was snatched from the street in Glasgow by a gang, simply because he was white. He was bundled into a car and driven more than 200 miles to Dundee and back to Glasgow before being stabbed 13 times and set on fire while he was still alive.
At the High Court in Glasgow yesterday, Daanish Zahid was found guilty of his abduction and murder.
Despite the awful nature of the crime and the potentially damaging effect it could have had on community relations in the ethnically diverse Pollokshields area, the Executive is refusing to carry out an inquiry into policing there. A spokeswoman said: “We have no plans to conduct such an inquiry. However, how the police conduct the matter is down to them.”
Bill Aitken, a local Tory MSP, urged the Executive to carry out an inquiry and said: “When it comes to justice and police, there must be an even-handedness. We must ask the question, if an Asian teenager had been murdered by a white gang in such a charged atmosphere, what would the Executive’s response have been?”
Margaret Smith, the Liberal Democrats” justice spokeswoman, said: “I shall be seeking reassurance from the minister as to why [Operation Gadher] was wound up and I would hope the police can reflect on whether this was the right decision or not.”
Norman Brennan, the founder and director of the Victims of Crime Trust, said: “As a police officer of 26 years service, I can safely say that the majority of officers are sick and tired of political correctness. It prevents us from doing our work properly, from the street right up to homicide. I think it’s about time police chiefs stood up and said “˜enough is enough”.
“They should be unshackling officers and letting them do their job.”
Zahid was also found guilty of attacking Kriss”s friend Jamie Wallace, 20, as the pair walked along Kenmure Street in Pollokshields, four hours before the murder, and the jury of eight men and seven women convicted him of attempting to defeat the ends of justice by setting fire to the silver Mercedes used to abduct Kriss.