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Smellie Not Guilty Verdict Stinks

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No!  No!  No!  I do not believe it!  This has to be one of the greatest travesties of justice ever inflicted on the British people.  Sergeant Delroy Smellie who beat Nicola Fisher with the back of his hand and his baton at the G20 protest has been acquitted of assault.  This is an outrage, a bad and sad day for Britain.  The man is a bully, a brute and a liar.  He is a violent criminal who should go to jail for at least two years.


We all saw it, in full colour on our television screens.  The man is an unmitigated thug.   There can be no doubt in the mind of any reasonable person.  The video evidence is entirely conclusive.  The excuses put forward in his defence are manifest nonsense.  District Judge Daphne Wickham who made this disgraceful decision is either corrupt or dumb.  Her ruling flies in the face of common sense, reason and fairness.  Her comments as detailed here are absurd.  We should not stand for this.  There should be protest on the streets, questions in the House and an immediate appeal against the verdict.

Bad Apple

So, on the same day that guilty verdicts were delivered in the first trial without a jury for 350 years, we see the true colours of our increasingly cowardly and politically controlled judicial system.  British justice is a laughing stock.  It has no value any more, at all.

All the decent and honourable police officers out there must realise that this decision damages them beyond repair.  Who will stand up for justice now?  Who can we trust?

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  1. I quite agree, and it exposes the contempt with which the British police regard the criminal justice system…


    March 31, 2010 at 7:32 pm

  2. Quite unbelievable. Shows just how far we have gone down a very dangerous road.


    March 31, 2010 at 7:45 pm

  3. Maybe you should join the police for the day, have yourself surrounded, outnumbered, threatened, spat at, kicked, and verbally abused, by a much larger number of violent people trashing the city with weapons in hand.

    There’s lot’s of footage of that you can look up if you’re not too selective…


    March 31, 2010 at 7:52 pm

  4. Michael, that’s a policeman’s job! It’s a tough job and anyone who does it deserves our respect and gratitude. In a free society where we allow protest and debate we need a strong police force that works with courage and intelligence to preseve our freedoms. Anyone who abuses the trust placed in them deserves the harshest of punishment because it is a “breach of trust”. A crime is a much worse crime if it is committed by a police officer.

    Of course, anyone guilty of spitting, kicking, violence, trashing(?) or carrying weapons commits a crime themself. I’m sorry but the being surrounded, outmumbered,threatened(?), verbally abused – that’s part of the job.

    Peter Reynolds

    March 31, 2010 at 8:29 pm

  5. Agreed. I’m saying that given the level of threat he was faced with, he showed restraint. When you start by asking them nicely to behave and not cross a line on the ground, but you’re ignored and you have to raise you’re voice in a slightly cross manner, but you’re ignored again, and the angry crowd gets larger, and angrier and spits, kicks, pushes against you’re shield, you have to strike back.

    If a cop says to do something, do it! What’s the confusion? His action reflects on an aggressive general public.

    If a cop commits a crime you say it’s worse than you doing it. If you hit a cop is it not worse than you hitting, say, me?? Or should the cop just take it and say ‘Yup you’re right, it’s all part of the job I won’t do anything about it you’re free to go!’

    You don’t insult, kick etc. a cop! You don’t say a nurse should just accept a slap from a drunk in A&E ‘cos ‘it’s part of the job’ do you?.

    If Fisher stayed back like she was told she would not have been struck.


    March 31, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    • Michael, there is no way on God’s earth that the way he behaved can be described as showing “restraint”!! How can you “strike back” unless you were struck in the first place? No, if a cop is hit he shouldn’t just accept it. He should arrest the perpetrator. Sgt Smellie wasn’t hit. He was the one who did the hitting!

      “If Fisher stayed back like she was told she would not have been struck.”

      Any policeman who adopted this attitude would be unfit to hold the office.

      Peter Reynolds

      March 31, 2010 at 9:10 pm

  6. But again, you keep talking about the cop as if he is the only one in the country who should behave reasonably.

    The general public should do so too. Bearing in mind the various pictures and collections of footage don’t show everything from beginning to end (the media replay the same 5 second film crammed into a tight 30 second item), Fisher had verbally abused, taunted, and made threatening advances toward the cops. He had to keep an eye on dozens of people all around him. All of them behaving the same way.

    Anyone who knows what it’s like understands the pressure of making a split-second decision.

    Maybe you’re convinced by her wide-eyed, ‘I didn’t know what was happening’ little girl act as prescribed by Max Clifford, designed to contrast with the big, tall, tough, superhuman cop in the PR credibility battle?

    Who knows. Maybe a quick strike made the protesters realize they were being aggressive and needed to calm down and get back to reasonable protest. Maybe that meant no-one got seriously hurt on a mass scale.


    March 31, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    • That’s a great idea. If he’d shot her, just imagine how the demonstrators would have backed down too.

      This is just a perfect example of a thug promoted well above his mental abilities and protected by the brotherood of the police for his unprofessional and illegal actions.

      Would it have been ok for a member of the public to strike him? No – then why is it ok for him to strike a woman?

      No wonder there is no respect for a group that thinks they are above the law in all respects.


      June 28, 2010 at 2:20 pm

  7. I shall have to call you PC Mike from now on!

    Yes, a cop’s behaviour MUST be of a higher standard than a member of the general public and the limits are higher and wider for the public than they are for the police.

    You say:

    “Fisher had verbally abused, taunted, and made threatening advances toward the cops. He had to keep an eye on dozens of people all around him. All of them behaving the same way.”

    Ahhhh! Poor Mr Policeman! It’s the job.

    Who knows? Let’s lock this dumb, violent cop up and set an example. Let’s give him, say, seven years. That’ll prove the integrity of the police and that the public are allowed to protest as they wish within the law, without violence. That way the public won’t lose confidence in the police on a mass scale.

    Peter Reynolds

    March 31, 2010 at 10:47 pm

  8. I didn’t realise that there’d been a verdict delivered in this case. A very disturbing incident and an extremely bad judgement. The evidence is damning.

    The Futility Monster

    April 3, 2010 at 9:09 am

  9. Not if you read Inspector Gadget’s site!!! But be careful if you comment, they’re giving me a hard time! (One told me to hurry up and have a heart-attack!!!)


    April 3, 2010 at 10:30 am

  10. […] thug policeman, Sgt Delroy Smellie, who beat up Nicola Fisher at the G20 protest.  See the story here.  There’s also the CPS’ deplorable failure bring to trial the police officer who was […]

  11. […] of  Sergeant Delroy Smellie, the thug who assaulted Nicola Fisher at the G20 protests (see here).   This must be one of the lowest points ever in the history of British justice.  There can be […]

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