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article imageReview: 'Can We Trust The Police?' airs on BBC Special

By Alexander Baron     Jun 27, 2012 in Crime
Can we trust the police? If you don't recognise that as a rhetorical question, you haven't been on the receiving end of our wonderful boys in blue.
This BBC3 documentary is presented by Adam Deacon, who might be described as Hackney boy made good. Deacon is a rapper, but is best known for his film work.
Although this worm's eye view of policing begins with some comment about the death of Mark Duggan - whose shooting led to the Tottenham and then national riots last August - it takes a surprisingly sympathetic look at the problems faced by the men and women on the beat.
This is not a London oriented look at policing; Deacon travels to Worthing on the south coast and to Fife in rural Scotland. Unsurprisingly he finds an entirely different, and laid back attitude there, far different from the football match he attended at Wembley Stadium.
He meets two regular football fans, a man and his son, who a few years ago were set upon by police after a match; the boy who was 13 years old at the time, was bitten by a police dog; the animal was set on him from behind. The father suffered 4 broken ribs and a punctured lung. The so-called Independent Police Complaints Commission whitewashed the incident, in spite of its being caught on CCTV.
One point he makes is that the distrust of the privilege money can't buy now stretches to all sections of society, regardless of race and class.
For those who can receive it, Can We Trust The Police? can currently be found on iplayer, but grab it ASAP or watch out for it on YouTube and other video sites.
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