Guardian has an interesting op-ed probing the difficult problem of slipping Police ethics.
The cumulative effect of these recent stories, plus the scandal of Andrew Mitchell’s nightmarish case, makes us all far less likely to believe the word of a police officer, which is the position many lawyers who work on criminal cases in the magistrates’ and crown courts reached several years ago. It is an accepted part of their professional lives that clients are sometimes fitted up and that evidence and statements are finessed to suit the police account of an incident, often to the effect that the police were assaulted by a defendant. There’s not a lot they can do about it.
When the guardians of law and order no longer respect those two things, then they can no longer be deemed public servants. They become public enemies.