Smellie verdict shows shocking lack of accountability in British policing

That’s the headline on this interesting piece over on the Our Kingdom site:

In the aftermath of the G20 protests many predicted that no sort of justice could be expected from either the Independent Police Complaints commission (IPCC), the courts or the Met when it comes to holding the police force to account.  The recent ruling that Sergeat Delroy Smellie is not guilty of assault for his attack on Nicola Fisher is yet another indication that there is no accountability within British policing.

You can read the full piece here.

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29 Comments

  • @Alec – your piece is a disgraceful apologia for police brutality; wait till it’s your turn to be beaten up by this gang of out-of-control thugs

  • Cllr Patrick Smith 4th Apr '10 - 7:25pm

    I do not claim to make any comment that is in conflict with due process in the case of Nicola Fisher but is was very clear from the media footage of this vicious baton wielding incident, that P/Sgt Fisher struck her on the thigh that caused a big amount of bruising to the upper leg.

    It was reported that Police Sgt. Smellie claimed that he saw Nicola Fisher holding something in her right hand, that was in fact a carton of orange juice but he considered in the heat of the G20 demo. to hit her with his flailing baton!.

    I would ask that there is a much closer scrutiny of Police Officers carrying batons at public demonstrations, in future, so to prevent any further episodes of baton swinging in this targeted method on unsuspecting demonstrators?

  • The filth get away with thuggery yet again.

  • Malcolm Todd 5th Apr '10 - 11:49am

    In fact, isn’t there a danger that this concentration on one officer’s actions in the heat of the moment simply distracts attention from the more important issues about the accountability of those who make the decisions both about how these officers are trained, and about how they are deployed in policing demonstrations? It wasn’t officer Smellie’s decision to send the TSG in – has the person who made that decision been held accountable?

  • D runk onpower 6th Apr '10 - 7:22pm

    Alek with regards to smelly:) are you him?,
    I cannot believe your thought process for trying to justify a person TRAINED to a high degree of controlling these types of situations.
    This guy just lost it plain and simple, sure its a pressure situation but you have to be able to function. He was trained for it.
    If any rational person were there in place of him you wouldnt be spamming your “facts” The police are moronically heavy handed in a lot of cases. Now they seem to think they can twist panic rules to stop people from taking photographs in public, no im not talking about train stations etc, reading your comments made me queasy and it wasnt the smelllly

  • Having not had the opportunity to read the transcript, I can only guess that Smellie’s acquittal was based on the inevitable failuire of the prosecution to prove beyond reasonable doubt that he did not believe himself to be under threat from a mobile phone and bottle of orange juice which, in a fleeting moment, he believed to be deadly weapons. This is a subjective test. Smellie may be an entirely unsympathetic character, but he is entitled to rely on a defence that has protected many an innocent man and woman. I don’t believe a word of it, and I don’t suppose the jury did. But how could they be sure he was lying? If in doubt, acquit.

    “Alec” sounds like a spokeman for either the Police Federation or the Freemaons, groups that share many members. I would remind him of what Sir Robert Mark (still alive at 90) said about the Metropolitan Police: “The test of a decent Police Force is that it catches more criminals than it employs. The Met fails that test.” Shocking words indeed.

  • Notice how “Alec” seeks to smear Smellie’s victim as some kind of professional trouble-maker and parasite, in much the same way that the Police Federation/Freemasons tried to smear Jean-Charles De Menezes as a rapist.

    Clearly, Alec knows little of the criminal law he is supposed to be enforcing. The apprehension of an assault has to be honest, not reasonable. It is the type and level of force used in response that must be reasonable and proportionate.

    Oh, and Alec. Is £26,000 more or less than the average lifetime’s haul of bribes those Met officers retired by Sir Robert Mark took from criminals?

  • D runk onpower 8th Apr '10 - 2:45am

    If being concerned about basic rights being taken away for whatever the hell they want to make up reason to jail us makes me a loonie aleK, i accept your wisdom.
    All your rational “cough” dissembling of EVERYONES crazy rants of your trollish posts makes you out to be a real class act. I salute u sir 🙂
    An yeah that was good sarcasm

  • Malcolm Todd 8th Apr '10 - 11:19am

    I have been staying out of this rather nasty little argument, but seeing the undeserved and hysterical battering that Alec is receiving from some quarters, I thought I’d just say well done for attempting to stand up for reason and openmindedness in the face of much provocation. Strange that a site dedicated to liberal voices attracts people who can see everything from only one, clearly pre-selected, side.

  • D runk onpower 8th Apr '10 - 1:31pm

    Re Malky :- I have no idea how you think I have it in for AleK, how could i ?, its not like I tried to antagonize or misrepresent his clouded thought bubbles. AleK on the other hand wrote a treatise on everyone that followed his flamer post by trying to attack, insult or demean other people’s posts.
    I just found his post offensive, well all of them really but the first was just to stir up opposition and then to insult other folk was spiteful.
    Its crass for you to try and pin his lesser troll posting on me.
    I will revert back to childhood with my last remark, (just to make sure you and AleK understand)
    He started it!!!

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