I still maintain that the vast majority of police officers are decent, hard-working and fundamentally honest servants of the people.
Yet it only takes one rotten apple to spoil the barrel and, judging by the experiences of Stuart Lawrence and many more, this is clearly not a case of one rogue officer.So... middle-class, privately educated black man is stopped by the police, and claims he is not treated with the respect he feels he deserves, and has a hissy-fit about it in the press.
Oh, what does he do for a living, you say?
I own and run an international theatre school.Riiight...
But he's now 'lost confidence' in the police as a result. His black friends were right all along!
Lord Stevens, who was the Met's commissioner from 2000 until 2005, speaks of a 'national crisis' in police morale.
Well, it cuts both ways. Just as they have lost confidence in themselves, I have lost confidence in them.It doesn't 'cut both ways', though, does it Ben?
We are still not to draw any conclusions about the huge levels of black crime, that have lead to the formation of a special unit just to deal with it! We are supposed to tut, purse our lips, but keep silent on the cavalcade of notably melanin-rich faces that parade through this very newspaper under the 'crime' section? Not draw any conclusions whatsover by their over-representation at the bottom of employment and school achievement figures? Not point to the fact that, even amongst such a cesspit of iniquity as the political scene, their representation stands out as excessively stupid and ignorant and prone to gaffes?
But you are free to draw all the conclusions you want?