The ongoing huge police action against protestors who came out to support our inherent right to protest, arrested two more people in their dragnet;
Meanwhile, as the cops themselves are subjected to an investigation;
An investigation by Avon and Somerset police – prompted by a complaint by McGoran and seen by the Observer – concludes it was unacceptable for officers to keep her in cuffs after it became likely she was not the person they were seeking and any perceived threat had diminished.
So will the cops be subject to the same level of action that are subjecting protestors? Nope, slap on the wrist;
Inspector Alex Matthews, from the force’s professional standards department, states in a letter to McGoran that the officers acted entirely out of a sense of duty: “They have intended to act professionally throughout and have done so. However, where we fall short on some occasions, we must accept that as a force and as individuals and develop ourselves to prevent any mistakes and improve.” The letter adds: “I would like to apologise for the areas where it is felt that the service was not acceptable.”
This sounds a bit bonkers? “They have intended to act professionally throughout and have done so…” and also “…where we fall short on some occasions”? So they both acted correctly throughout and also didn’t throughout? Still, the cops get to judge their own, something protestors don’t get to do.
As ever, it’s one rule for them and another for us.
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— Bristol Defendant Solidarity (@BristolDefenda1) July 20, 2021
Plus, don’t forget the police themselves have been accused of higher levels of violence than they are accusing others of using. But again, does not look like any officers who attacked protestors will suffer any consequences.
— Netpol (@netpol) July 1, 2021