Media driven accountability witchhunts
Unlike many others who have commented (for whatever reason or purpose), I for one don’t feel inclined or comfortable to sit in retrospective judgement of the circumstances or ‘evidence’, that is what our courts are for (as intimated in the post below)…
This seams like another one of those situations, like the Sunningdale incident earlier in the week, the Millbank Student Riot and Northumbria Police manhunt et al before. All incidents that highlight the age-old policing conundrum; your damned if you do and damned if you don’t. A factor also pointed out by Inspector Gadget.
Unfortunately and in my opinion dangerously, we appear to have reached the point whereby justice and punishment are actually being driven and metered out by the media. Our legal system may have its flaws but its the only one we’ve got and we should use it, and allow it to take its course.
If we’re not happy with it, it needs to be changed by informed and sensible democratic change, not by pre and post-event political rhetoric or social gut reaction and constant Facebook twittering. Post incident hindsight is a great skill to have but one which often misses the reality of situations.
I am all for accountability in public office but there is a fine line between accountability and witch-hunts!
- ‘I only hope to God this policeman is never put in charge of prisoners again’, says woman injured in custody suite as Sergeant is cleared (dailymail.co.uk)
- ‘CCTV cell attack’ police officer cleared on appeal (telegraph.co.uk)
- Policeman jailed for cell assault cleared on appeal (independent.co.uk)
- ‘You could have done things better’: Officer jailed for throwing woman into cells is CLEARED after appeal (dailymail.co.uk)
- Sergeant wins cell attack appeal (bbc.co.uk)
- Sergeant faces sack after cell assault on woman (independent.co.uk)