Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Awww, Diddums!

Glen Francis fancies himself as a bit of a hard man, it seems. After police tried to arrest his girlfriend, he went a bit ‘Charles Bronson’:
Francis grabbed a female officer and threatened to shoot her, officers claimed.

The 35-year-old later apparently lunged at officers with a 15cm (6in) knife. He was shot twice with a Taser but pulled out the barbs and barricaded himself in, screaming: 'The first copper in here is getting f*****g killed.'
Correctly reasoning that the quickest way to the discerning modern chavette's heart knickers is by an alpha dog display of dominance, Glen made his stand.

Sadly for him, he was a Pomeranian when it came to making good on his threat.
After a two-hour stand-off, armed officers stormed the address in North Shields, Tyne and Wear, Tasered him three more times and arrested him.
He can consider himself lucky he was only shot with a Taser…

But it seems Glen Francis isn’t the rough, tough, brawlin’ son of a gun he appeared to be. He’s complained about his arrest.

Specifically, that he was referred to as a (censored) by one of the police arresting him:
But Francis claimed a sergeant was guilty of misconduct for using a four-letter word, a claim which was upheld after an inquiry.

'I want to take legal action because they just get a telling off for what they did,' said Francis. 'It upset me to hear someone say that.'
Poor, delicate flower!

Still, they won’t take this seriously, surel…

Oh:
A police sergeant has been ordered to undertake a "management advice course" because he swore while dealing with a violent and abusive criminal who had threatened officers during a two-hour siege.
I wonder what he’ll be taught on it?

Hopefully, how to hang on to the Taser button until scum like this are medium-rare, next time. Dead men make no compensation claims for rude words...
An investigation by Northumbria Police Professional Standards Department (PSD) found the sergeant guilty of misconduct for using the swear word.

A PSD report states that the sergeant was pushed into making an "inappropriate comment" following a tirade of abuse from Francis.
I’m guessing the officers who staff these departments aren’t front-line officers? Have never been in a scuffle with a bad ‘un in their lives? Consensus over at Insp Gadget's is 'No'...
Francis's complaints of being stripped and handcuffed on a cell floor were dismissed.

He says he is discussing legal action with his solicitor and plans to lodge a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights.

Francis, now of Wallsend, North Tyneside, said: "I want to take legal action because they just get a telling off for what they did.

"It was an insult when I heard how the officer who swore at me got off - it upset me to hear someone say that. I've got a hole in my heart and they used a Taser, which could have killed me."
You know how you can avoid being Tasered, even if you don't have a medical condition, Glen?

By not indulging in a two-hour standoff with armed cops and waving a knife at them!

Still, at least he got a good long spell in jail to think abou…

Oh:
After the incident in February 2008, he was charged with offences of false imprisonment, threats to kill and affray.

He was convicted of affray at Newcastle Crown Court in September and given a 12-month suspended prison sentence.
Yup. That does indeed read ‘suspended’. I had to check it several times just to make sure my eyes weren’t deceiving me…

So, you can indulge in threats to kill, wave knives at the police, need to be Tasered repeatedly to put you down, and you don't even go to jail for it?

What sort of country is this?
Francis, who underwent an operation in January to repair a heart defect from birth, said: "I was a toe-rag when I was younger, but I'm trying to go straight. I'm really scared of the police now - I'm like a bag of nerves."
That’s your idea of ‘trying to go straight’…?

*sigh*

That cop was right - you are indeed a (censored)...

5 comments:

ranter said...

The comments over at Gadget's blog say it all. While reading the articles yesterday I had trouble breathing at times. While all this nonsense is going on, not one person within the police hierarchy said to this DNA wasting scumbag 'NO'! It seems he has also found some support from the lower reaches of that slime filled swamp called the legal profession. Absolutely incredible but so wonderfully illustrative of the state of the UK today, let alone our unhappy criminal justice system.

Angry Exile said...

... hang on to the Taser button until scum like this are medium-rare, next time.

Tell 'em to buy him a gallon of petrol and have a chat with the Western Australian Police ;-)

Dr Melvin T Gray said...

I cannot be alone to doubt the story details, as reported.

However, if police have finally tumbled down a rabbit hole, were they not searching for one?

Malthebof said...

Could you start a list of the 'liberal' judges/magistrates who hand down these 'inappropiate' sentences. Perhaps we can then have a top twenty of the worst ones, naming them, as they appear to be unaccountable

JuliaM said...

"The comments over at Gadget's blog say it all."

Indeed.

"Tell 'em to buy him a gallon of petrol and have a chat with the Western Australian Police..."

Heh!

"I cannot be alone to doubt the story details, as reported. "

Which bit, in particular?

"Could you start a list of the 'liberal' judges/magistrates who hand down these 'inappropiate' sentences."

I can't seem to find the name of the judge in this case. Was wondering if he'd appeared before.