The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) was called to probe how Sussex Police Chief Constable Giles York responded to an incident last year.
Mr York spotted 37-year-old Ryan Prince in distress on the A264 near Pease Pottage at lunchtime on July 25.And just drove on by, callously abandoning an innocent to his fate?
Well...no, actually. Sorry Melvin!
He was the only driver to stop to try help Mr Prince, who had taken cocaine and later died in hospital from multi-organ failure.So why on earth was he investigated?
Because of the death and the contact between Mr Prince and Mr York, the IOPC were called in.And as bureaucracies the world over do, they chose to press on despite the obvious inappropriateness of any action. Why not? It's only taxpayer money, after all...
Coroner Veronica Hamilton-Deeley said Mr York’s actions were “exemplary”. Mr Prince died from a drug related death the conclusion was misadventure.And what do the IOPC have to say for themselves?
IOPC regional director Sarah Green said: “My thoughts remain with Mr Prince’s family, friends and all those affected by his death.
“Our investigation concluded there was no indication officers may have breached standards of professional behaviour.”You really needed to investigate to know that?
And what about some thoughts for the officer who was needlessly investigated, instead of the drug taking moron who could easily have killed others as well as himself?