Apparently breaking the heads of members of the public isn’t such fun when you can be identified and shamed on the social media.
Of course that’s not what the Metropolitan Police Federation is saying. Its spokespeople call it “trial by social media” and say it should be banned.
They would, wouldn’t they?
They’re justifying their demand by pointing to verdicts of investigations into police conduct that have resulted in no action being taken.
But doesn’t that just raise questions about the way the police are policed?
Doesn’t it give us cause to question what police need to do before they are penalised for the outrageous behaviour they have been caught doing on camera?
This Writer has seen a woman being punched in the face by a policeman, her head snapping back almost into the camera taking the footage.
We all saw the police men practically stripping a female protester at a demonstration in Manchester. Why were they doing that and when will they be punished for it?
We’ve all seen footage of police harassing people from ethnic minorities, for no readily-apparent reason.
The MetFed wants those videos to be banned – and I don’t think it’s because there is no case to be answered.
I think it is because the MetFed doesn’t want to be embarrassed by the behaviour of its own people.
And what about this:
Many of incidents shared led to investigations against rogue officers otherwise there’d be no action- #GeorgeFloyd would have been just another black man dead if 🇺🇸 had done this. Maybe if your own officers stopped sharing footage of dead women, you’d have higher moral ground https://t.co/RhZbOGKcbl
— Aamer Anwar🎗✊🏽#BlackLivesMatter (@AamerAnwar) April 13, 2021
Two good points, don’t you think? For clarity, they are:
1. If nobody had taken footage of George Floyd being throttled under the knee of a US police officer, nothing would have been done about it.
2. It is hypocritical of the MetFed to complain about the sharing of images that shame the police when its own officers have shared images of them behaving inappropriately (to say the least) with the dead bodies of members of the public.
If the police did not behave inappropriately; if they weren’t prone to violence against the public they are meant to protect; and if we didn’t have reason to believe the system was corruptly supporting them, then nobody would be recording these images – they simply would not happen.
So, before these people demand what are frankly fascist measures to stop us from holding them to account – and remember, they can still record us (although I understand footage from cop cameras is likely to be restricted due to failings in policing by the officers involved) – it seems clear they should try cleaning up their act instead.
But I suppose that would take all the fun out of it.
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