So yesterday, Police Scotland ended their investigation into the racist and sectarian singing by a section of the Ibrox fan-base during a march to a game last season.
They claimed that in spite of months investigating this they didn’t produce enough evidence to make a case. It’s like some kind of sick joke when you think about it, isn’t it?
Their own officers marched alongside a couple of thousand black clad bigots. This wasn’t Colonel Mustard in the library with the candlestick, a crime committed outside of their view where they had to piece the evidence together … it happened right in front of them. Their officers weren’t just there on the scene, they practically enabled the crime.
Police Scotland launched a very public appeal for witnesses. Here’s my question; didn’t they just ask their own officers “What did you see?” What we have here is a bizarre version of policing which I can’t believe isn’t more popular across the force.
Here’s what they do. They watch the crime happen in front of them. They actually stand back and observe it. And they let it take place. Then, later on, when the dust settles, once all the perpetrators have gone home they do an investigation and hope to identify and prosecute them later. This really is a system which the robbery squad should try out.
Imagine their officers just happen to stumble across an armed robbery. All the criminals involved have masks on. Taken to its natural conclusion, Police Scotland’s policy on that should be to allow the robbery to happen, let the crooks leave with the money and then … look into it later.
Or, and here’s a thought, why not – and I know I’m not an expert on policing so this might sound radical – arrest them on the spot, there and then, whilst in the commission of the crime?
That’s a slam-dunk in court, isn’t it? No phony alibis, no wall of silence … who needs one when you catch the guys involved, red handed, with the weapons and the money actually in their hands? I hear you, folks, I hear you … that’ll never catch on.
Amidst that sarcasm is a serious point. Police Scotland spent public money facilitating an illegal march. They allowed illegal stuff to happen during it. Then they spent even more public money investigating said illegal stuff only to find nothing.
That’s a joke. In another force, in another country, with competent controls that would result in people losing their jobs.
Police Scotland has been involved in one disaster after enough since its inception. I believe it to be institutionally sectarian and bigoted and that’s something there ought to be a public inquiry into.
This same week, they were told to publish the full details of their discussions with politicians and even the football authorities on just what the Hell happened during the lockdown when they permitted a vast gathering of fans in George Square, which ended up in a night of rioting all through the city centre. They resisted that for over a year.
But the facts will all come out and then we’ll find out how that decision was made, yet another case of them facilitating a crime in the first place, things getting out of hand, the feather duster being applied rather than the big stick and then a rash of arrests lasting months – at even greater tax-payer cost – weeks after the fact.
There is something stinking here, and every political party in the country should want answers.
This is not policing as we used to know it. This is a joke.
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