Now that I am retired having been many years a magistrate with a long awareness of the declining freedoms enjoyed by the ordinary citizen and a corresponding fear of the big brother state`s ever increasing encroachment on civil liberties I hope that my personal observations within these general parameters will be of interest to those with an open mind. Having been blogging with this title for many years against the rules of the Ministry of Justice my new found freedom should allow me to be less inhibited in these observations.
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Thursday, 3 March 2016
THE IPCC AND THE MET NEED TAKEN TO THE CLEANERS
The quote above from the Metropolitan Police is in response to a report from the Independent Police Complaints Commission regarding police conduct during the investigation into the inquiry in 1998 into the murder of Stephen Lawrence five years previously.
It is IMHO deeply disturbing when presumably with authority from the highest level the country`s largest police force controlled directly by the government, insofar as the Home Secretary is overseer, directly rubbishes an independent report compiled by what is supposed to be the public`s safeguard against unlawful or mis-conduct by increasingly voracious police activity. Something is far wrong. Either the Met is out of control or the IPCC is yet another quango unfit for purpose. But this is not a zero sum game. Perhaps both organisations need to be taken to the cleaners.