Friday, 6 April 2012

Not in my name

The Police bloggers are off again complaining that the various suspensions of officers accused of racism is basically a witch hunt. The idea seems to be that there are racists everywhere so why label the Police racists because of one or two officers.
Firstly people don't get up one morning and become racist, just for the day. They will have a history of it and their mates will know, so why do we have to wait until the the officers get caught by a member of the public and with an overwhelming amount of evidence.
Secondly if someone from Tesco's is caught being racists then I can go to Sainsbury's and while the consequences of racist shop staff cannot be underestimated the chances of them being extremely violent or go unpunished a quite small. See here.
Finally there is the little matter of who's paying the salaries of the people doing the abusing, they represent you and me, they represent Parliament and the Law and when you abuse your office you bring disrespect on not just yourself, not just your fellow officers but to the public that fund you and support the laws that give you power.
So Officers You're not being picked on especially, you decided to represent us, it is our police force not yours and you colleagues bad behaviour reflects on us and you should deal with them before they become a problem.

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