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237 UK police force staff punished for misusing IT systems in last 2 years

Danny 2 Silver badge


My interactions with French and Italian police, and my Kiwi ex, make me fully agree with you.

Italian border police made me and two other 21 year olds (females) miss a train to France deliberately so they could search through their backpacks - not the least bit interested in mine.

When I was 29 a French cop pulled a pistol on me simply because I was complaining about RyanAir making me miss a flight, the one time I got into a fight with a cop simply because I was scared shitless. Fight and then flight.

I'd just witnessed a very aggressive 'manifestation' (cross between a strike and a direct action) by striking riot police in Paris.

No British cop ever pulled a gun on me or used violence against me, I'm just saying they often have tried to provoke fights or have used violence unjustifiably against innocents when I was present. I saw one 12ish year old girl batoned hard to her head for being in the wrong place and the wrong time.

Like I said, I've know good Scottish cops too that have let me off with stuff that could have had me in prison.

There was a 1950s BBC series called 'Face to Face' that featured an interview with Bertrand Russell describing being rescued by the police as a peace protester in the First World War. You can find it on YouTube so I won't bother with an exact transcript, but it went along the lines of:

He was about to be attacked by a jingoistic London mob, and his friends approached the police for help but they turned a blind eye.

"You really should do something about this, he's a distinguished writer"

"Oh?" said the police.

"Yes, he's a well known philosopher"

"Oh?" said the police.

"He's the brother of an Earl!"

"And the police rushed and saved me".

[Edit: Found it elsewhere.

A fanatic against fanaticism, and other pleasures of Bertrand Russell in his own words


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