Scale of justice

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?

One commenter who summed it up well wrote:

“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.

6 comments for “Scale of justice

  1. October 10, 2010 at 18:18

    And what if he had died in a diabetic coma?

    Would it be another case like Jean Charles de Mendenez?

    “So sorry, but police officers are not held responsible or accountable for their ‘errors of judgement’.”

  2. October 10, 2010 at 18:26

    If you’re coming to Brum, let us know.

  3. Patrick Harris
    October 10, 2010 at 20:48

    It would seem, to me, that the police are not subject to the same rigorous investigatory procedures under which the general public are expected to undergo, when an officer comes under suspicion the force closes ranks, it’s a self preservation tactic.
    Readers might be surprised to learn that there are more than 1000 serving police officers that have criminal records ranging from theft to GBH.

  4. JD
    October 10, 2010 at 21:55

    All part of the subtle shift away from ‘presumption of innocence’ to ‘presumption of guilt’, a shift from English/Scottish Law to the European way of doing things.

    And Patrick, it is not just criminal records within the ranks of the Police. Have you noticed how may people are killed by Police drivers? Nobody is ever charged with anything, as far as I can recall.

  5. IanPJ
    October 11, 2010 at 02:00

    and now they want immunity..

    Met Chief privately urges Theresa May to protect police from civilian lawsuits http://tgr.ph/c9YqOf

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