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article imageOp-Ed: A bad week for London's police

By Alexander Baron     Jul 6, 2013 in Crime
London - The police are supposed to be there to protect us. This week they've been in the news for doing anything but: spying on victims, sexual assault, and shooting an unarmed man dead.
Stephen Lawrence may have been dead for twenty years but his ghost simply will not lie down. Last month it was revealed that undercover officers had been asked to get close to his mother Doreen, and to try to dig up some dirt on the campaign she was running in order to smear it. This was not entirely unreasonable because there were clearly undesirables who attached themselves to this campaign as Doreen and her then husband acknowledged in a letter to the Evening Standard newspaper in September 1993.
What was far less reasonable was the covert recordings made of Duwayne Brooks meeting with his lawyer. This has now been confirmed, and the identity of the man who authorised it has been revealed: Assistant Commissioner John Grieve. That name will be familiar to anyone who followed the circus the Stephen Lawrence investigation was shortly to become. It will also come as a shock, because of the pronouncements made by this politically correct imbecile about both race and so-called far right organisations (which had nothing to do with the murder of Stephen Lawrence). Mr Grieve's limp-wristed excuse is that he wanted "unassailable record" of the discussions, discussions that took place seven years later. Now long retired on a typically fat pension, this will tarnish his otherwise saintly reputation. It goes to show you can't trust anyone. Especially a policeman.
One former detective who will be retiring without his pension is former Detective Constable Clifford Earl, who was given a 12 month sentence at Southwark Crown Court for sexually assaulting two women. The leniency of his treatment appears to be entirely due to his personal circumstances, the chronic illness of his wife. Earl broke a cardinal if unwritten rule, he allowed himself to be alone with female members of the public. Usually the police go around in pairs so that if a dispute arises over an evidential matter one can back up the other's perjury. But more seriously, Earl appears to have "lost it". Having put in 33 years service, he has thrown it all away, and for what?
Unsurprisingly, although these offences were committed in 2011, there was a considerable delay dealing with them due to the original investigating officer being removed from the case. Reading between the lines of what the judge said in court, this appears to have been yet another attempt by the privilege money can't buy to protect one of its own, however undeserving.
Far more serious than both the above cases was the slaying of Azelle Rodney. He was shot dead in April 2005, and it has taken eight full years for the IPCC to conclude that the police had acted unlawfully. The lengthy delay may be due in part to the extraordinary lengths to which it went in order to reconstruct the shooting, which occurred when the victim was travelling in a car in North London which was believed (correctly) to be transporting firearms. The officer who shot Azelle Rodney has so far been identified only as E7, but it has been revealed that this is the third person he has killed in his career. Actual footage of both the police stop and the reconstruction has been published by the BBC.
The IPCC has referred the case back to the CPS, again, but don't expect any criminal charges to be filed by this august body. Rodney's mother Susan Alexander said her son had been executed. In view of the way armed police at Woolwich took down the two fanatics who had minutes before hacked off a man's head, it is difficult to argue with that claim.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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