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Back to punishments
I completely forgot to mention the thing that triggered my post on punishments being too soft. I sit in on a meeting with local residents and the police where we find out what the police are doing to tackle problems in our locality and also suggest where they should focus their efforts.
The cops are doing some fine work and taking note of what us, the residents, tell them. But what prompted me to write the earlier post is one officer's admission that the best they can do in trying to get rid of out-of-control youth and drunken yobs causing mayhem is to basically push them out of our locality into the next one. Now that sounds great for the residents of my area, but it doesn't sound right that we should push these people into someone else's yard so that they become a nuisance to others. Now what if anti-social behaviour had a stricter punishment.....
Update: Somalis learn to follow the law