A jury has delivered a verdict of unlawful killing in the Ian Tomlinson case. I doff my cap in the direction of the IPCC investigator who put such a good case togther. Sadly, it was all too late, after skulduggery at the Yard, the bent pathology and duck-egg Hardwick at the IPCC, who initially denied there would be CCTV evidence.
Harwood should be put on trial for GBH with intent, but this piece of scum is the least of the problems. He should have been sacked within weeks. We have seen civilians (also scum) convicted for substantially less brutality.
I think it’s now time to make some examples of those involved in the skulduggery, and those officers who failed to stop Harwood, or at least arrest him on the spot. Deterrence is the major reason for the legal system and it is hards to think we can achieve attitude change when one reads Gadget’s contributors and her/him at their worst.
There is no point allowing the same old votaries to investigate or make changes – this has repeatedly produced cover-up, and for police to evade real investigations when the evidence is available. Decent cops deserve as much protection as we can give them, and there is a serious problem with false complaints. I believe there are ways forward in this area and that many doing the real work of policing and investigating police incidents would welcome this.
I do not believe we have the best police in the world, though clearly not the worst. And the police are not the major problem in our justice system either. The debate needs to be opened-up. We get poor service and some grow rich in providing it.
Incidentally, what kind of fuckwit thinks a jury of us lot can’t judge between a bent autopsy done by a discredited guy with a record of ‘helping police’ and decent evidence? The kind we let become a votary is the kind.
Good luck to the Tomlinson family. Sue the pants off the Met – I won’t begrudge my contribution. The tedious work done showing “Harwood’s Progress” through CCTV deserves credit. It is a matter of public interest to put Harwood on trial in order to get as much of the dirty linen into the public domain as possible. Sadly, Scumboy was only a problem because we won’t address wider issues.