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Damian Green and police assaults

I must admit that I am not a great supporter of the Conservative Party, or of conservative ideology in general. I am, however, somewhat bemused by the recent heavy-handed tactics of the police in raiding Damian Green’s homes and office. There must, surely, have been a less obtrusive way of investigating the allegations against Mr Green?

Members of Parliament have a respected position within society. That being so, they should be respected when an investigation is being conducted by the police. That is not to say that MPs are beyond the law. Far from it. What if the information being gleaned by an MP was being passed to an organisation linked to terrorism? Far-fetched? Maybe, but still possible and that is why any allegations must be investigated. But heavy-handed investigations of the type carried out against Mr Green, and because of their nature they will be widely reported, must bring the role, honesty and trustworthiness of Parliament itself into disrepute. And bringing Parliament into disrepute will bring democracy into disrepute. The police should have kept this in mind when investigating the allegations against Mr Green. I remember a saying I read in a children’s comic many years ago: Softly, softly, catchee monkee. No, to go barging in in the way the police did only brings the integrity of the police into disrepute.

It is not only the Damien Green incident that has brought the police into disrepute. The Sunday Mirror has reported an attack by three police officers on a veteran of the Afghanistan Campaign, Lance Corporal Mark Aspinall. At first, Mr Aspinall was found guilty by magistrates of attacking the police. Luckily, however, the truth was captured on CCTV, which showed that the policemen most brutally attacked Aspinall. After seeing the video, a Crown Court judge quashed the conviction on appeal after seeing the CCTV footage. This cannot be enough. Action must be taken against the police officers involved. If such brutality can be waged against Mark Aspinall, an innocent man, how are we to believe that the police acted within the rules of engagement during the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes?

Everyone should view the Mirror article and view the video embedded in the page:


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