Friday, 17 January 2014
"High Noon" in Hattersley
In fact, he was still in the pub. The suspect subsequently left the pub, flagged down Officer Johnson and was given a lift home despite the fact that the police in the rest of Hyde were looking for him.
The Police Officer was cleared of Misconduct in a public office at Liverpool Crown Court this week.
His defence was that he had not acted corruptly but had been in fear of his life from the suspect, described as "an animal" and "a cage fighter who was 15 stone of solid muscle"
There are so many issues raised by this case that it is difficult to know where to start. I am acutely aware that I do not put myself "in harm's way" for a living, so it is easy to be brave on paper. But it is the police's duty to protect the public. And we are constantly told not to take the law into our own hands, not to mention the progressively severe gun control laws which make self defence harder.
I was under the impression that the average copper on the beat carries an arsenal of personal protection weaponry. Tear gas, tasers, truncheons and riot sticks to start with then guns of varying calibres as needed. Even with this there are some police who "Bottle it"!
Still, they can always raid Roy West's place, I believe he is armed with sharpened guava fruit.