Peter Reynolds

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What Happened To The British Police?

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Another disgraceful example of the way the British police are going to the dogs.  So many of them, like these two, seem to be violent psychopaths. As a Welshman this incident makes me particularly ashamed.  Here’s two more coppers that deserve at least five years in jail.

In my local news, the island of Portland has been abandoned by Dorset police.  See here.   They’ve failed to respond to residents’ concerns about anti-social behaviour.  When a public meeting was held the police flatly refused to attend.  Now the residents are talking about setting up their own vigilante groups.  That, of course, will suit the police perfectly. They’ll be able to get their batons out and beat up more innocent citizens, confident that even if they’re caught on camera they’ll get away with it.

When I was driving onto Portland the other day I saw something which just sums up perfectly the state of policing in Britain today.  Four fancy BMW SUVs and a motorbike tearing across Chesil Beach, high drama, high speed, jack-the-lads, all of them.  Guaranteed no reason for it.  Try getting them to come out to a genuine emergency.

Theresa May!  You should be calling in Chief Constable Mick Giannasi of Gwent and Chief Constable Martin Baker of Dorset.  Both have some serious explaining to do.

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  1. Is this what you call “dragged out”? In some countries this driver would be dead by now for ignoring the police. Rubbish excuses, dreamt up by human rightist lawyers – heart medication – thought they were escorting me – etc. Since when was anyone EVER escorted from behind? FGS.

    Our police are wonderful. I am related to a member of the Police forces, and I know that for a fact. They make their families’ lives hell if there is even a thought of not wearing a seatbelt, for instance, for a quarter of a mile drive. And why? Not because they don’t want them to be in trouble with all the personal repercussions associated, but because they have scraped bodies off the road.

    Our police are absolutely wonderful.


    August 6, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    • You missed the crazed, out of control, utterly unforgiveable assaults on the door and windscreen then?

      I actually don’t believe you John. I think you’re being deliberately provocative.

      There may have been a time when some of our police were wonderful. Now, most of our police are dreadful. Far too many are lazy, overpaid, racist, corrupt, steeped in a disgraceful canteen culture and, very often, dishonest.

      Peter Reynolds

      August 6, 2010 at 7:23 pm

  2. Some things done’t change that much Peter, sadly – although of of course errant officers usually find something “wrong” with their victim in order to bully them in this way. To quote a young Tom Robinson from 1976:

    “The British Police are the best in the world
    I don’t believe one of these stories I’ve heard
    ‘Bout them raiding our pubs for no reason at all
    Lining the customers up by the wall
    Picking out people and knocking them down
    Resisting arrest as they’re kicked on the ground
    Searching their houses and calling them queer
    I don’t believe that sort of thing happens here…”


    August 8, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    • An excellent contribution Bruce – cheers!

      So when are you paying us a visit in old Blighty then?

      Peter Reynolds

      August 9, 2010 at 5:00 pm

  3. As disgraceful as this is, it is still “tame” compared to some of the events of American cops. I think they must be training them all around the world to act like thugs and create terror in the hearts of the people. Either that, or their drinking water has something in it. Or it could be maybe they are just sick and tired of chasing jerks. Who knows?


    August 12, 2010 at 6:59 am

    • Well I just hope we don’t start getting used to it. The penalty for policemen behaving like this should be far greater than if a “civilian” does something similar because it involves a breach of trust.

      Peter Reynolds

      August 12, 2010 at 7:46 am

  4. Believe me, I will NOT ever get used to it!


    August 12, 2010 at 3:04 pm

  5. The pensioner was an idiot with form. However, this incident was dire. Our police are out of control, though no doubt we are concerned because we want decent policing by human beings who don’t adrenaline up like this without better reason.
    I believe the problem is widespread and a collapse in supervision is responsible and an arrogance due to few cops having much other work experience.


    August 13, 2010 at 2:08 am

  6. And another case you might consider is Tomlinson.

    Subject: Fw: Fw: FW: Ian Tomlinson pathologist not qualified to be on Home Office list, claims BBC
    Date: Fri, 20 Aug 2010 11:07 +0100 (BST)

    None of this (teh Guardian article)explains why the Officer who committed the assault, which the world saw, indeed the Coroner & CPS must have seen, (on a man with his hands in his pockets who was walking away from his assailant), was not charged with that assault.

    That was a quite deliberate decision by someone at the CPS, bringing that charge would not have prevented a manslaughter charge later, had the
    evidence been there and properly gathered.

    The suggestion that the time limit was accidentally exceeded and overlooked /must/ be disingenuous in such a high profile case.

    Refusing access to the IPCC has shades of Blair 2 and De Menezes, it is highly suspect. It was said that in the DM case, Blair 2 agreed that process with Blair 1.

    Who else was involved in this Tomlinson decision?

    The way this episode has been dealt with is third world.

    It is difficult to understand how Mathews (The Coroner) behaviour was justified. There would seem to be ample grounds for some independent and forensic examination of how this coroner reacted, who he spoke to, at what times, what influences were brought to bear on him. Who was his Coroner’s Officer (The Police Officer who acts as the Coroners agent), who did that person speak to, what conversations took place with the Coroner. Importanatly,
    did the Officer keep any record in a “Policy Book”.

    Even if there was conflict between the evidence of subsequent pathologists, exactly why did that not go to a jury. Conflict between witnesses is at the heart of our adversarial system even when scientific
    witnesses disagree.


    Date: Fri, 20 Aug 2010 09:10:06 +0100


    David Raynes

    August 20, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    • Thank you for this David. I have been a fervent campaigner for Ian Tomlinson and his family. We wait for and demand justice. PC Simon Harwood should be facing a PUBLIC disciplinary hearing shortly. Keir Starmer, our cowardly and dissembling DPP, will probably get his peerage regardless. He will have to wait for justice at the highest court of all.

      Peter Reynolds

      August 20, 2010 at 6:45 pm

  7. […] Corruption is endemic in the police.  It starts at the beginning of every shift and continues off duty.  At its worst, it’s the disgusting spectacle of PC Stephen Mitchell in Newcastle, who inflicted his sexual desires and drug appetite on those he arrested.  See here.  At the everyday, commonplace level, it’s the copper who confiscates a bag of weed and takes it home to smoke himself, or who brutalises a wheelchair bound medicinal cannabis user.  It’s the thugs who think it’s acceptable to terrorise and batter an old man over a motoring offence.  See here. […]

  8. I think that from the time in the 1970s when quite a few bad apples joined the dole queue and some the slopping out queue, there has been a reluctance to charging/convicting a member of the police force uniform/plain in an effort to hide the fact that since the 70s purge nothing really had changed.It has changed tho from backhanders to police from porn merchants in soho in exchange for tip offs re raids etc, to out in the open police violence we see today.I personally was the unwilling recipiant of some down to earth honest to goodness kickings from police minus numbers on their boilersuits in the 80s while winding my way around some of englands highways and byways.The situation today has been slowly evolving over a long period of time, police violence has reached saturation point and is more an more obvious because societys guts cannot soak up anymore.


    November 9, 2010 at 7:25 pm

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