Simon Harwood, the TSG officer who shoved Ian Tomlinson to the ground in an unprovoked attack that killed him, has received a not guilty verdict.
It sickens me, but it comes a little surprise – the Met will always seek to preserve their reputation, and to protect those within their ranks, even if they have been repeatedly reported to be violent whilst on duty, as Harwood has. It’s symptomatic of a long-standing tradition of protecting those who commit crimes within the police – especially since Harwood was part of the elite TSG – no police officer has been convicted of manslaughter on duty since 1986 (Guardian, 2012).
When the institution that claims to protect people fails to convict a killer in its midst, it further highlights its ineptitude and redundancy as a protective force. How can they expect anyone to have faith in a police force that cannot see its own hypocrisy? I lost faith in the police long ago, but no doubt they’ll lose more over this. And rightly so. ACAB.
Hmm. 3 of my favourite things in one go this week: private security, the army, and London 2012.
As much as I sympathise with service(wo)men who will have to work extra hours – no one needs that – the fact remains that private security is never going to live up to standards, and it was inevitable that the government would panic and try to fix the situation by deploying a heavy-handed approach. What are they expecting, nuclear apocalypse? In classic tactics, comparable to the over-zealous policing of demos and treatment protesters in recent years (austerity bites, man) the army are being flown in to shore up the dam of private companies’ incompetence. Capitalist endeavours, aiming to maximise profit, lead to fuck-ups and failures. And ultimately, losses for them.
So we’re gonna see an ultimately heavy approach to any dissent regarding the Olympics and its destruction of many parts of the East End, capitalist profiteering at the expense of communities (directly and indirectly, by diverting funds that could have been allocated to strengthening neighbourhoods and building positively), and a visually present armed forces on the streets.
I swear to god, it feels like we are going backwards, not forwards..
Cern scientists reporting from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) have claimed the discovery of a new so-called ethics particle consistent with evidence that tiny sub-atomic traces of honesty could theoretically exist in traders at Barclays Bank – albeit in miniscule amounts.
Confirmation of the appearance of microscopic principles – which exist for only micro-seconds before decaying into more base instincts – in traders deep inside the heart of Barclays will finally put to rest doubts by scientists and experts – some of whom have long doubted the existence of any ethical behaviour in the financial institution at all.
The minute traces of decency – weighing in at a tiny 125.3 gigaelectronvolts (GeV) – has been the subject of a 45-year hunt to explain the scientific mystery of how so much of everything we can see can be swallowed up by banks when they comprise just 4% of the…
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