Theresa May, the Home Secretary, has just addressed the second-most ferocious trade union in the western world, the Police Federation. The most ferocious is of course the British Medical Association, and the Federation has suffered a bit of a setback recently in its handling of the Andrew Mitchell Gategate.
All praise to May, therefore, for taking [...]
Robert Harris in The Sunday Times yesterday (pay wall) is too generous to his friend Andrew Mitchell, but he makes some important points.
In 1979, newly recruited policewoman, Asha Hassan Hussein, was the first female to ride a police motorcycle to patrol the streets of Mogadishu. Three decades later in a nation devastated by conflict, now a Captain, Asha specialises in tackling violence against women as head of the Somali Police Force’s (SPF) Gender Based Violence Department.
Frankie Boyle is right on Ian Tomlinson case: “There was absolutely no evidence, apart from that film of him (Harwood) doing it”
Freddy Patel, the pathologist who conducted two post mortem examinations on Ian Tomlinson, the newspaper seller and father of nine who was killed in 2009 at the G20 protests in London after being pushed to the ground by a police officer, faces being struck off after a tribunal panel of medical professionals noticed a number of key errors in his work and found him to be ‘dishonest’.
Our work with young people, and in-depth research into last summer’s riots, shows that stop-and-search was a key causal factor in the violence that swept the country.
The Olympics-motivated cooperation between the Metropolitan and the Romanian police is the most recent attempt to clear London’s streets of groups of beggars at a time when the eyes of the world are on the city.
The news broke yesterday that PC Simon Harwood, the officer who pushed Ian Tomlinson to the ground at the G20 in 2009-and who later died as a result from his injuries – had been cleared of charges of manslaughter at Southwalk crown court in London.
Recently, the head of the UK branch of G4S, the largest private security firm in the world, predicted that within the next few years an increasing amount police work will be allocated and outsourced to private security companies-like G4S.
Claims of racism within UK police forces continue to provoke anxiety, 13 years since the Macpherson report, and with fresh allegations against Metropolitan Police officers in recent months. The Independent on Sunday last month produced a disturbing analysis showing that complaints of racism made against British police officers have more than doubled in the past [...]
It was probably worth a try, but scores hopefuls who have claimed for “riot damage” even though they live miles from the scenes of last summer’s disturbances have failed to screw any money out of the public purse.
Dozens of people who demanded compensation for damage suffered in the riots have had their claims knocked back, [...]
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