Pardon me for acting the outraged Mail reader but this business of the barrister dragged from court in handcuffs, taken to the cells and having his insulin removed for good measure, then finally, after six months, getting compensation and an apology – one commenter said that there was something here which didn’t meet the eye.
That commenter meant that the barrister must have done his block and deserved the arrest. On the other hand, I noticed something else in the story:
Witnesses described how Mr Challenger was confronted by one of the protesters, Ardeshir Oraki, who approached him pointing his finger and hurling abuse. Mr Challenger is alleged to have pushed Mr Oraki out of a door, locking it behind him.
Ardeshir Oraki? Good Scottish name, isn’t it?
“If such an outrageous thing could happen to a respected member of the Bar AND it took the police almost 6 months to drop the charges……………What chance would an ordinary member of the public have had ???”
NOT MUCH, unless the accused could afford to instruct solicitors who in turn would have to engage Counsel to advise and represent, thus incurring very substantial legal fees. The risk of such a step is beyond the average person’s pocket, particularly as however blameless one is, there is no positive guarantee of a successful outcome (wherein one could reasonably expect to be awarded costs against the police).
What happened to the officers involved ? They certainly went WAY — OTT. What happened to the staff at the DPP’s office who were responsible for the conduct of this matter ???
When oh WHEN are public servants going to be subject to any kind of meaningful discipline when they fail to do their job properly ??
– Curious, London, 10/10/2010 2:07
Hands up please, all those who feel the police acted appropriately here and not a bit OTT? Fine, now I promise, not in a 10/10 sort of way, of course, that I shan’t press any red button and blow you up but I’d like to meet you all in a park somewhere central, next Sunday – maybe in Birmingham – they do have parks down south, don’t they [?] – and I’d like to just look into your eyes, each and every one of you and ask what you believe constitutes “commonsense” or “good policing”.
Black is white and white is black
Do you remember Myleene Klass’s knife incident? Hands up those who feel the police did not act inappropriately on that occasion and that Ms Klass had it coming, waving a knife around like that in her own home? Would all of you kindly join the others above in Birmingham next Sunday? I’d love to meet you.