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    Default Tory wants to tackle police corruption? Well there's a thing!

    Plebgate: senior Tory slams 'cancer' of corruption in UK police service | UK news | The Observer
    The man who was in charge of Britain's police until September has delivered a blistering attack on the "cancer" of corruption among a minority of officers as the crisis engulfing the service over the Andrew Mitchell "plebgate" affair reaches new heights.

    Writing in the Observer, Nick Herbert, who quit as minister for police and criminal justice in David Cameron's autumn reshuffle, calls for urgent reforms to restore public trust, arguing that while "corruption may not be endemic, neither is it an aberration".
    Herbert, while praising the "decent majority" of officers whom he says do "brilliant" work, suggests that for too long the police have been shielded from criticism by a lack of accountability and an unhealthily cosy relationship with sections of the press that rely on officers leaking "juicy" information.
    I could have told him this 38 years ago, after my encounter with a young Irish professional guy, if you please, who boasted that he had escaped a drunken driving rap by bribing a policeman in Manchester. It was a common ruse apparently - keep a 50 note in your driving licence and if you're caught, hand it over and chat up the cop - and if he gets the signal, you get your licence back, minus the 50 note, and you're sent on your way. It was a shocking revelation for me, a callow kid, just out of his teens, and brought up to respect the law.
    This was well known in 1974, so when the Guildford Four/Birmingham Six/Bridgewater Four/Maguires and all the other miscarriage cases arose, the expectation of fair policing was a distant memory.
    My only surprise is that it has taken so long.
    The biggest joke of all is that this idiot is speaking out before Andrew Mitchell has been formally exonerated, yet many hundreds of people have been targeted by corrupt cops in recent years and few politicians, with the exception of Chris Mullin, have ever bothered to take a stance.
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    Have the men in blue crossed the line? - Telegraph



    [Even before the shocking possibility opened up this week in the Andrew Mitchell affair that serving police officers conspired to destroy a Cabinet minister it was clear that something in the police was wrong.

    England has 39 police forces, headed by 39 chief constables or commissioners. In the past 18 months, seven have been sacked for misconduct, suspended, placed under criminal or disciplinary investigation or forced to resign. That is not far off a fifth of the total.

    In the same period, at least eight deputy or assistant chief constables have also been placed under ongoing investigation, suspended or forced out for reasons of alleged misconduct. No fewer than 11 English police forces just under 30 per cent have had one or more of their top leaders under a cloud. ...]

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    Seems the boys in blue had the ok from the tories to abuse the little guy and kill with impunity.

    Now they picked on the wrong guy there's suddenly something wrong.

    Shower of tossers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dresden8 View Post
    Seems the boys in blue had the ok from the tories to abuse the little guy and kill with impunity.

    Now they picked on the wrong guy there's suddenly something wrong.

    Shower of tossers.
    The abuse of power is a wonderful thing - until you're on the receiving end of it.

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