Police and a helicopter were fired upon ELEVEN TIMES – below is a Helicopter infrared video still of two men who are wanted by the police.
A group of 40 were involved, several of whom were shooters. The West Midlands police have released CCTV footage to the public in an appeal for any information on this group.
This happened in Birmingham where “Eleven shots were fired at unarmed officers to enable disorder to continue, whilst petrol bombs were also thrown at officers who initially attended the scene,” chief constable Chris Sims said in a statement. “This footage shows seemingly co-ordinated criminal behaviour with no regard for people’s lives, whether it be through the setting of a fire, shooting at unarmed officers or shooting at the police helicopter.
“This investigation is being treated as attempted murder and arson, and I am only thankful that this is not a murder inquiry.”
The officers who were fired upon were unarmed officers and the men shooting were masked and hooded as well as wearing caps. The footage was released on the 20th of August and it is footage dating from the 9th when there was rioting occuring in Birmingham.
The Chief Constable also said that the shootings at the police had been a “concerted and organised attempt” to kill or injure police officers.
They caused much damaged to the Barton Arms pub and other premises in the area by throwing petrol bombs and smashing shop windows with chairs. Officers in patrol cars attempted to stop the looting and rioters, the police cars had petrol bombs thrown at them; at 11.50pm officers attempted to disperse the group, this was when the 11 shots were fired at them and at the West Midlands helicopter.