Conservative Assembly Member Brian Coleman is calling on Londoners to register their support for the capital’s police officers. Coleman, who represents the London Assembly Barnet and Camden constituency, has used Facebook to launch his Commend a Copper campaign.
Speaking earlier on Friday, Mr Coleman commented: “The police do a very difficult job and get little thanks for it – even from areas where they should expect it. So I’ve decided to launch this site on Facebook so that anyone who thinks the police are doing a good job can stand up and say so.
“It’s also important for the police to see that they have public support for the work they do.
“So I’m hoping to hear your views and to get many many hits, including from all London Assembly members, which I can then pass on to the Mayor, who is chairman of the Metropolitan Police Authority.”
Coleman’s campaign follows comments by Mayor of London Boris Johnson condemning the media coverage of the G20 policing. Speaking to SunTalk radio on Thursday the Mayor said: “I worry that there are large sections of the media that are currently engaged in a very unbalanced orgy of cop bashing.”
“I think it is wrong, it is wildly overdone … everybody understands that there are serious questions to answer about what happened to some of the protesters at the G20, and particularly Ian Tomlinson, and thoughts are with his family, but you have to get it into proportion.”