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Friday 6 February 2009 12.14pm
But you must go and tell them what they can do to make things safer-control the police!!
Thursday 12 February 2009 12.20pm
In case you missed it, there's a report here:

The student involved told me he was jumped on outside the bar by a guy who stood by while the student was arrested! He said he was held until Saturday with no phone call.
Thursday 12 February 2009 5.41pm
Good Heavens! Not strictly SE1, but connected?
Thursday 12 February 2009 5.43pm
Incidentally, I had a response from the IPCC. They don't actually do anything except pass on the complaint to be investigated by, erm......the Police!
Monday 16 February 2009 8.53pm
There is a good article in the times about our out of control police and the beating up of the bishop -

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?
Monday 16 February 2009 11.31pm
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...
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