Written by By Adam Hock, CNN London
Renouf Bloem announced Monday that he will seek a civil protection order against the Metropolitan Police following their prosecution for failing to protect him and his neighbor from the Ahmaud Arbery who killed Arbery in an unprovoked attack two years ago.
Bloem initially denied the claims, but in a YouTube message this week, the former lab technician said, “I can only thank God that Ahmaud Arbery killed me and not me killing him, otherwise what he did was worse, so worse than anything I would have done to him. … In short, there is absolutely no reason to keep my freedom when what he did was worse than anything I could have done to him. If I couldn’t have stopped it, he was better in my place than I would have been if I had been in his place.”
Police officers stand outside the murder scene where Ahmaud Arbery was shot and killed on June 9, 2016. Credit: BBC
Bloem is suing the police for failing to apprehend the man before he killed Arbery. He had previously denied criminal liability for the killing, while many people defended Bloem’s decision not to be confronted with the shooter, arguing that there was no reasonable expectation of privacy in the ‘no knock’ street address scheme.
However, two officers convicted of neglecting their duty were jailed last month for eight months, although this conviction has no effect on the police officers’ civil claim. The trial was heard at the Old Bailey earlier this year, but it took a further 10 months before the police successfully applied for a delay from the High Court.
The sentencing of two other senior officers took place in January. Although they had been acquitted of criminal charges, Martin Hewitt, the former commander of Lambeth, Southwark and Lambeth Hills, was sentenced to a 15-month community order for making a false arrest, which he had been cleared of on criminal charges.
Meanwhile, Detective Inspector Mark Griffin was sentenced to an 18-month suspension for giving false evidence during a murder investigation in 2013.
Bloem and his lawyer have expressed concerns about the police’s inability to secure his release, but Bloem has given the police access to his Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts to monitor any potential threats to him.