Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Section 76, Counter Terrorism Act 2008

Now we know why this bulwark of the War On Terror is so necessary:

I am pleased that Sir Paul Stephenson, Metropolitan Police Commissioner and Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary have put their full support behind the IPCC investigation of the events leading up to the death of Mr Tomlinson. Quite simply, the behaviour of the policeman who pushed the chap from behind would not be tolerated outside a pub on a Saturday night or in a primary school playground. The thug who did it, if he has ever heard of Peel's Nine Principles of Policing ,obviously feels more at home with those of Beria, Goering, Mugabe et alii.

I will be donating £1 for every non-anonymous comment received up to £20 to the Police Dependants Trust . Please have the officer seriously injured in a burglary early this morning in Newham and his family in your thoughts. I wish him a speedy recovery and hope he is able to return to duty as soon as possible.

Update: 17 April 2009. It is my sad duty to report that PC Gary Toms died of the injuries he sustained whilst investigating the aggravated burglary reported above. My sincere thoughts and sympathies are with his family, friends and colleagues. He appears to have been the model of the quitely courageous and dedicated decent Police Officer that make up 99.9% of the Police. Why hasn't his death been reported widely?


Thud said...

I wanted not to believe the reports of police involvement in this I am left with no choice and am even further disenchated with this country...if that was possible that is.

Gallimaufry said...

The good news update is that the constable allegedly responsible for shoving Mr Tomlonson has been suspended from duty.
However, let us not forget that the vast majority of police officers want to do a proper job and are brave and dedicated public servants. That's why I am making the donation to the Police Dependants Trust.

Chris said...

A good pal of mine, a care worker, in his 40s, no police record, was arrested for a piffling offence last year, on hearsay - basically on the lies of one other individual.

He was hauled off to Parkside Police Station in Cambridge, locked in a cell for four or five hours, interviewed by the police, the decision was taken that there was no action to be brought against him, but he's now on the DNA Database for life.

This has seriously affected his mental health - he's depressed and anxious, and is on the point of losing his job.

The majority of police officers may be excellent, but make no mistake that Jacqui Smith and co are creating a situation where it won't always be so.

Guilty until proven innocent.

Gallimaufry said...

cannot comment on your friend's case because I do not have the full facts at hand. However, I would expect every Englishman and woman to be treated fairly and with respect by the Police at all times and especially when in their custody. I hope your friend gets better soon and keeps his job.
Robin Page experienced omething similar from the same constabulary a few years ago. Mr Page received an apology and compensation for wrongful arrest. It would appear that the Police, politicians and the establishment in general believe they can do anything, even if it's morally wrong, so long as "it's within the rules". There seems to be a "common purpose" to all of these attacks on our freedom to coin a phrase.