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Brian Paddick writes: What’s good for the Metropolitan Police is not good for politicians

The evening after the Metropolitan Police shot an innocent Brazilian at Stockwell I went and saw the then Deputy Commissioner, Sir Paul Stephenson. I asked whether it was true that the Commissioner had barred the Independent Police Complaints Commission from their legal duty to investigate the death. He said it was. I told him I thought it was the most stupid decision I had ever heard of (I knew by then that we had made a terrible mistake). He smiled and said “It’s my job to support the Commissioner.” I was concerned from then on that Stephenson might be giving …

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CommentIsLinked@LDV: Brian Paddick – Police leaders must regain control of their subordinates

Over at The Independent, former Lib Dem London mayoral candidate Brian Paddick, former Deputy Assistant Commissioner at the Metroplitan Police, examines the force’s mounting problems. Here’s an excerpt:

Seeing the video of Ian Tomlinson being assaulted by a police officer during the G20 protests – an apparently innocent man being subjected to what appeared to be an unjustified assault by a police officer – provoked in me an immediate desire for the perpetrator to be suspended, tried and punished.

On the other hand, having been the victim of “trial by media” myself, I realised the need for an independent investigation, the outcome

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  • User AvatarGemma Roulston 23rd Nov - 4:55pm
    Roland, Alex and his lawyers/solicitors are getting no joy from Cornwall County Council. The council have decided behind closed doors that Alex is guilty -...
  • User AvatarStephen Donnelly 23rd Nov - 4:51pm
    There is also the case of Robert Bleakley on Wigan MBC. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-29135683 which has received widespread coverage on BBC NW. I don't know him, or...
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    I'm a little surprised that Alex Folkes hasn't already taken legal advice and have his solicitor send an appropriately threatening letter to Cornwall Council. Defamation...
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    'among his other listed accomplishments assured voters that he could “eat four Weetabix”.' No doubt from the period when there was a Weetabix TV campaign...
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    "Sorry, but LDV just gives far too much prominence to bloggers." I don't think it's unreasonable for a blog to pay a particular amount of...
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    If the information given in this post is correct, the following should be done. (1) Cornwall Council should dismiss Mr Kerr and the officer(s) who...