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POLICE LIVES ARE NOT SPECIAL

By Pete Moore On August 16th, 2019

No more special and precious than everyone else’s lives.

A recently married Thames Valley Police officer was killed last night. It’s an unspeakable tragedy for his family. They will never recover from it. A loved man, taken away by the kind of filth who have increasingly blighted so many other lives. The Thames Valley Police Commissioner today calls for tougher action on those who attack the police.

The tragic death of one of my officers must be a wake up call for our soft justice system

But I must disagree with him. Assaults against the police have become more commonplace, but then that’s true for many people. Many of those other victims have called the police in vain. For decades now the public has been increasingly abandoned by the institution of the police, which has usually been silent while the public demands sterner punishment for the wicked. As a result, the public has, to a great extent, lost faith in the police. We know that it’s a political force now, which stands neutral between aggressors and victims and which is always ready to persecute a thoughtless tweet.

Peel’s famous Nine Principles of Policing are long forgotten by the police now. I’d be astonished if recruits are ever introduced to them. Number 7 runs thus:

“To maintain at all times a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and that the public are the police, the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.”

Even the founding principles of policing state that they are not different or special. They are simply us. At least that was the intention. But many poor sods have found that the police now stand ready to persecute anyone who gives attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.

So welcome to the party, Mr Commissioner. Let’s come down hard on aggressors, but all of them, and not just those who aggress against the police.

21 Responses to “POLICE LIVES ARE NOT SPECIAL”

  1. The inflammatory headline is not helpful.

  2. Assaults against the police have become more commonplace

    So commonplace in fact that none of the intrepid Brit reporters here thought to comment on a load of Tom Thug’s mates battering a Peeler in London the weekend before last:

    https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/police-medic-dragged-to-ground-and-kicked-in-head-during-attack-at-free-tommy-robinson-protest-a4206591.html

    For decades now the public has been increasingly abandoned by the institution of the police, which has usually been silent while the public demands sterner punishment for the wicked. As a result, the public has, to a great extent, lost faith in the police. We know that it’s a political force now, which stands neutral between aggressors and victims and which is always ready to persecute a thoughtless tweet.

    Just to be clear Pete it’s the judiciary’s role to impose punishment not the police’s.

  3. Paul, I said persecute, not prosecute.

  4. A provocative headline Pete, but I do agree with what you’re saying.
    Sentences should be tougher anybody who attacks anybody, not just police.

  5. Paul, I said persecute, not prosecute.

    I was referring to this:

    For decades now the public has been increasingly abandoned by the institution of the police, which has usually been silent while the public demands sterner punishment for the wicked.

    Punishment for the guilty is the judiciary’s role.

    In your opinion how stern should the punishment be for the Tom Thug supporters who battered the plod in London?

  6. Do I even want to respond is the question I ask myself……

  7. Paul –

    I think you misunderstand that sentence. A bit more; many people have long been saying what the Commissioner is now saying. But for decades the police moved away from being on the public’s side. It was silent while the public became increasingly abandoned by a weak criminal justice system. It could have backed the public, but instead it saw itself as an arbiter between aggressors and victims.

    PVR –

    You really don’t want to live in a society where the police views itself as different, above and more special than the populace.

  8. I was speaking about your comment regarding the public demanding sterner punishments in the context of a blog about the Peelers.

    In your opinion how stern should the punishment be for the Tom Thug supporters who battered the plod in London?

  9. I don’t know, Paul. I’ve not seen the incident. You tell what you think an Irish republican should have got for kicking an RUC man in the head and I’ll go with that.

  10. Pete, the incident’s linked in the video above. Watch it and then tell me how stern the punishment should be.

  11. Another untrained gun lover stands up for her paranoia

    https://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ny-white-arkansas-woman-pulls-gun-on-black-teens-fundraising-school-20190816-rnqrki2x4bdqvjzda66vkhr5vi-story.html

  12. We know that it’s a political force now, which stands neutral between aggressors and victims

    Bullshit

  13. Well, not all judges are lenient.

    A butcher who carried out offences against women, including voyeurism and outraging public decency, has been jailed.

    His offences included masturbating in public places and stealing sex toys.

    Relowicz was caught watching women between June 2017 and December 2018.

    Sheffield Crown Court was told one of the victims was engaged in an intimate act with her boyfriend when she saw Relowicz spying on them through an open window.

    Relowicz spied on a different woman after she had got out of the shower on 16 February last year.

    Jailing him for eight and a half years, Judge Jeremy Richardson QC said: “Every single one of these crimes has a sexual undertone.”

    A sexual undertone? Why, how disgusting, Your Honour.

    A good old-fashioned voyeur who occasionally jerked off in public, but never hurt anyone, gets 8 and a half years!

  14. PVR –

    You really don’t want to live in a society where the police views itself as different, above and more special than the populace.

    When it comes to the Law they are equal….. other than that

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lru1Qxc1l8

  15. I see 10 people were arrested for killing a cop in England today

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7363649/Police-officer-killed-performing-duties-attended-reported-burglary.html

  16. the only rules of policing that matter

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUxjQYiWjTE

  17. The death of a police officer is not sadder than the death of a plumber or teacher. But the killing of a police officer or judge or officer holder is not merely an attack on the person, it is an attack on society, the rule of law and our system of justice which is why the penalty should be greater.

  18. very good Mahons

  19. Mahons

    Your statement makes no sense Mahons. An attack on anybody is an attack on our justice system and rule of law. all sentences should be equal and just as tough. No one life is worth more than another.

  20. In the UK the mandatory sentence for a murder conviction ( of anyone police or civilian ) is life imprisonment . Of course it doesn’t mean you physically spend the rest of your life in jail but it should.

  21. Life…. especially without a death penalty should mean that they don’t leave except in a box.

    but the same thing happens here a lot worse.