Thames Valley Police were called to a mosque in High Wycombe after an argument broke out between worshippers - but then both sides seemed to take issue with the way the cops responded. Police say they were called to assist with an altercation inside the High Wycombe place of worship - but found themselves getting the brunt from both sides when they failed to take off their footwear before walking in.
Mobile phone footage shot by an angry worshipper begins with the police officers already inside the Townfield Mosque and walking among the two groups in disagreement. The video shows the males and female police walking through the Mosque with their shoes on - which goes against Islamic practice of removing footwear in their holy building. People can then be heard shouting angrily at the officers for not taking off their shoes.
The police man in charge tries to argue that they were called to deal with a situation - but nobody seems to want to listen. People seem more concerned about the fact the cops are wearing shoes - and keep screaming to them to get out.
At one point a police officer can be seen radioing in to HQ that people are being "aggressive".
One officer starts to explain to the man filming that they have been called to an incident at the Mosque, and says they were 'invited in', but he is furiously interrupted with complaints about his footwear. The Muslim worshippers can be heard saying 'get them out' and appearing to round on the police officers.
An announcement over a tannoy asks people to leave and references the police arriving with their shoes on.
Picture left - at this point in the video the charmless individual filming says, of either this policewoman, or another policewoman glimpsed briefly to the left, "Why are you giving them the time of day? Who is she? Who is she? Why are you talking to them? They are nobodies - get them out"
"She" is an officer of the law and you, sonny, are obstructing the police.
Speaking about the incident, Zafar Iqbal, former chairman of the Wycombe Islamic Mission, told the Bucks Free Press : "There was a lot of shouting but there was no need to call the police.
This is not how the police would have behaved had they been confronted with rudeness and insolence if they were called to an altercation at a pub or a football match. Verily there is one law for one and one law for the other.
When I was a DEA agent working in Thailand, I actually went with Thai cops doing search warrants and they took their shoes off when the entered the house. Go figure.
My only surprise is that the police officers didn't comply with the Mohammedans' demands. You don't have to be Mystic Meg to foresee police headquarters ordering in extra mango juice and samosas for all the meetings with 'community leaders' followed by craven public apologies and an increase in the budget for diversity training. A friend who works for the police told me of a family demanding that their entire home should be re-carpeted at public expense because officers calling to arrest a murder suspect failed to remove their boots. My friend couldn't bear to find out the result of the case as he feared the worst.
The "holy" mosque may be a weapons depot, and here the denizens have such an uproar afoot that the police are called! This is reminiscent of the situation in Saudi Arabia in which the girls weren't allowed to escape a fire because they weren't wearing the mandatory head coverings. Muslims are modern day Pharisees - worried about the outside and appearances, no concern about the condition of their heart.
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