Community groups in a formerly troubled area of Manchester have warned of serious damage to relations with the local police after an investigation cleared officers of undue violence at a street fracas.Cue the usual outrage?
Well, hold on there:
The police said that the inquiry had been bedevilled by a lack of co-operation, because most complainants had refused to speak directly to the force's investigators.Ah. Difficult to see how the police can take the blame for this one then, isn't it?
So, what was the incident?
Police became involved after a report of shots being fired from a car which was then traced to the Bridgewater Hall, as families were leaving a children's talent contest. Officers searching the car were surrounded by large numbers of people and called for back-up.I get the distinct impression that they weren't 'surrounded by large numbers of people' offering help. As you might expect from any normal community!
Not that that's going to stop the usual rent-a-mouth political rabble-rousers:
Gabrielle Cox, a former Moss Side councillor and chair of the police authority in the 1980s, said: "It feels like we have gone back 20 years. The Bridgewater Hall incident undermined years of work to improve relationships between the police and the community in Moss Side.Perhaps you'd do better, sweetie, to wind your neck in and have a word with the whining members of your 'community' who think that the police can somehow take action without witness statements.
"The report will do nothing to repair those relationships, and is likely to compound the sense of frustration and powerlessness felt by the community. The finding of 'insufficient evidence' seems to damn every enquiry into inappropriate police actions. The system of the police investigating themselves, even if under IPCC management, remains a key barrier to community confidence."
That's not how we do things in this country. And even Moss Side still exists in this country.