I watched the CCTV evidence which showed Sgt. Russell and PC Kelsal assaulting a former squaddie. Didn’t like what I saw, but wouldn’t have considered an assault charge likely to succeed on this. I would not have complained on these grounds if it had happened to me. The problem here is also about cover-up and police lying. And for that matter lack of clarity about reasonable force. Another GMP cop, doing his job sparking it out with some scummo, was dismissed because video evidence revealed he told porkies – substantially less than the ‘stop, armed police’ turkey at Stockwell.
Cops may well not trust the legal system with the truth, but there is the fact that defendants (innocent or guilty), in a less privileged position are expected to do so. It was the cover-up rather than actions in Watergate – but here the cover-up seems allowable in public. Wasn’t there a conspiracy to pervert the course of justice against this squaddie? We need change to protect both ‘sides’ here.