Wednesday, 12 September 2012

So how much do you trust the police now?


Especially when they did this:

The officers' statements, presented as official police accounts to the subsequent inquiry by Lord Justice Taylor, were changed to delete criticism of the police themselves on the day, and, largely, emphasise misbehaviour by supporters. The panel found that the operation went as deep and extensive as 116 of 164 statements being amended "to remove or alter comments unfavourable to South Yorkshire police".

The next time you hear the police saying they are accountable remind them of this appalling action. And that it took 23 years for the truth to be revealed. For those police officers responsible to face any form of accountability.

If having elected police commissioners takes us closer to an accountable police force that is welcome. I hope it will be so and we won't simply get the same old friendly placemen. For me, having been brought up to like and respect the police, I'll struggle to take future police statements on trust. And I know I'm not the only one.


No comments: