It's interesting there was only recently another discussion on here about the police's nasty and malicious arrest of the artist Reuben Powell.
I am reminded of the words of Edmund Burke - 'It is necessary only for the good man to do nothing for evil to triumph' . It really is the fault of us all that we have allowed these criminals in uniform to accrue the excessive power they have and to come to believe that they can do as they please without any accountability.
Am I alone in thinking we all now have more to fear from the police than we do from crime or terrorism - and that they have ceased to be the solution and become the problem?
I think you've more to fear from the Government than the Police, it is they who have drafted huge quantities of bad law, it is they who have sought to distort policing provision through meaningless targets.
Peel said: "The police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence."
It is the Government that dislikes the independence of the Police service. As a result they've tried every trick in the book to try and turn a service that was based on the concept of consensual policing in to a tool of the state.
If there's a problem with the conduct of Police Officers it is only because they are a reflection of the environment within which they have been placed.
That said, I still sincerely believe that the vast majority of people that join the profession for the right reasons. They have a hard job...