When someone dons a uniform of authority, it does not change who they really are and it does not mean that they honour that uniform even though, in the case of the police, there is an oath that goes with it, which says:
I, … of … do solemnly and sincerely declare and affirm that I will well and truly serve the Queen in the office of constable, with fairness, integrity, diligence and impartiality, upholding fundamental human rights and according equal respect to all people; and that I will, to the best of my power, cause the peace to be kept and preserved and prevent all offences against people and property; and that while I continue to hold the said office I will to the best of my skill and knowledge discharge all the duties thereof faithfully according to law.
The important part of this oath is the “prevent all offences against people and property” because these two items are exactly what Common Law is all about, so this is confirmation that Common Law is alive and well – even if the powers that be want to drown it in statutes and Acts of parliament.
Following the unlawful death of Ian Tomlinson at the hands of PC Harwood, another police officer, PC John Hayter (appropriate name) wrote on his Facebook page “I see my lot have murdered someone again. Oh well, shit happens.” There are complaints on police blogs that police officers are “people too” and that they have families and are part of the community they serve – PC Hayter’s comments tell another story as he is perhaps one of many who consider themselves outside of society which is contradictory to what they would have us believe.
Another police constable from Enfield, PC Rob Ward, said on his Facebook page that he ‘couldn’t wait to bash up some long-haired hippies’, surely this is inciting violence and PC Ward went to his place of work looking for trouble – that’s a criminal offence in anyone else’s book and as he went armed and equipped for violence.
One of the above is obviously a drunken soccer fan, out for trouble at Wembley and was caught burning the flag of a rival football team which is bound to cause trouble, right! The thing is though, that they are all police officers. Is it fair to expect our police to not have real lives? Not to have thoughts, ideas and opinions of their own?
There is no doubt that being a police officer in modern Britain is fraught with difficulty and even danger but does that automatically excuse them to become legalised thugs and to lose all humanity – we think not. If we’re a road sweeper and don’t like being on our feet all day, then we won’t make a very good road sweeper will we. If we’re a police officer who is so full of fear that we turn into a bully or perhaps we are a bully who becomes a police officer, then either way, we’re not going to make a very good one are we.