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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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[email protected]: 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 AvatarStuart 5th May - 10:37pm
    @Jonathan Brown I have asked a variant of the following question several times here on LDV: Given we can't help everybody, and choices have to...
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    Eddie Initiative , the real hope of true Liberalism ! By the way , re your comments on your own situation , you can pay...
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    Just managed to vote "none of the above" so will be counted as spoilt ballot. No Lib Dem candidate in my ward in Bury borough....
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    Dear Stuart, Of course it is not either or, we must do both, and far more, this is about getting the govt to fulfil it's...
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    I think Caron reported this yesterday?
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    @Jayne Mansfield - it doesn't look like an endorsement of Zac to me. Quite the opposite. Just from the quote above it looks as though...