A woman dragged across a police station floor before being thrown into a cell by a sergeant – who has now been cleared of assaulting her – says she believes he should never be put in charge of prisoners again.
Pamela Somerville said Sergeant Mark Andrews’ acquittal on appeal last week appeared to show there was ‘one rule for the police and another for members of the public’.
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Remember, Ian Tomlinson? Some poor bastard, walking home after work, having had a couple of pints. He was knocked to the ground brutally by a police officer, who just happened to have the badge with his number obliterated and died of a heart attack. Was the officer charged with manslaughter? Nope and they know who it was, but they ran out of time to prosecute him.
Police, at times, do a hard job, but are they getting out of hand? Are they becoming a private army? Some would say so and maybe it's time they were reined in. If that number of deaths were happening in a third world country, we would be shaking our heads, so why is it acceptable here?