“Slowly, but steadily, we are losing the battle against police misconduct…
Police unions and other organizations designed to increase the influence of the police in the political arena are growing rapidly in number and in strength…
Yet the number of citizen activists and organizations that deal with police misconduct issues are diminishing in number and in ability to talk freely about abuses.
New laws are continually being enacted to protect the police from charges of abuse and to keep the public in the dark about cases of misconduct, yet activists and the press continue to have access to disciplinary information restricted and their voices censored…
While those who were targeted in those raids have continued to cover police activities as best they can, the implications of these intimidating tactics and the arrest of credentialed journalists have sent a chill over all who try to cover police misconduct issues and act as advocates for victims of police brutality. It appears to signal a new chapter in the story of constant battle to improve accountability, the use of direct police action against critics by the police without any second thought to adverse public perception or civil rights abuse charges.”
The full post is well worth reading!
How long before we witness these developments in the UK I wonder? Indeed things already appear to be heading in that direction.
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