A journalist (and single mother) was arrested by a mob of police and carted off to the police station. She was threatened with life imprisonment, strip searched and interrogated. The authorities had extensive tape recordings of conversations between her and her ex-partner which they played to her.
It turned out that her ex-partner, who worked for the state police, had refused to cooperate in the underground surveillance of a lawyer interviewing their client. As a result, the ex-partner and the journalist were hounded over a period of 19 months.
Surely this must have been some country like Russia with some high-profile news organisation. Actually, it was Sally Murrer a part-time journalist on the Milton Keynes Citizen. The police case was thrown out of court BTW so something still works.
Incidentally, this particular investigation cost over £1m of taxpayer's money - which would pay for quite a few 5 a day counsellors. That's not to mention the police time spent on this that could've been spent on nicking burglars or something.
We don't live in a police state, but we do live in a state where the police appear to be able to get away with behaving as they please. A homeowner twats a burglar with a baseball bat ad gets arrested for assualt. No jury will ever convict but the police have their "sanctioned detection" and never mind the misery, stress and possible job-loss to the poor homeowner.
I'll hark back to nebbishgate here.I've met nebbish and he's reasonably fucking huge. Not wishing to speak on his behalf, but after being hassled by the coppers, is he more or less likely to pitch in on their side when some urban disorder kicks off? Or might he - or anyone who has been hassled for non-crimes - just walk on by on the other side?
I respect the idea of the police. These are people who have chosen, as their job, to put themselves in harm's way to protect the rest of us. But given daft policies with daft targets, and given an overinflated sense of their own power ... well it's all gone horribly wrong somewhere.
And yes, it's very, very wrong to hit a woman but I really would punch Jacqui Smith in the face.
I have a big rant about banks stored up as well.
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