The Independent Police complaints commission has been criticised by the MP David Lammy for leaving the family of Mark Duggan "floundering" and for failing to robustly communicate its independence after his death.How do you ‘robustly communicate independence’ when the people you’re talking to don’t actually want to hear it..?
Addressing the actions of the IPCC in the immediate aftermath of the shooting, he criticised its failure to demonstrate its independence clearly.It’s independent. It even has the word in its title. Everyone with an IQ above room temperature (I accept this does exclude the woeful ‘Mastermind’ failure...) knows this.
What more can they do?
"I am not sure the communication of the IPCC worked. The need for an active, visible press conference where they say they will get to the bottom of this quickly – that did not happen."They can’t say ‘We will get to the bottom of this quickly’ because they don’t know whether they can get to the bottom of this quickly. Surely that's obvious to all reasonable people?
Speaking to the Guardian after the committee, Lammy said: "The central challenge to the IPCC in relation to a community like Tottenham is to establish their independence and that is still a work in progress – they still have a job to do."‘A community like Tottenham’, eh?
Just what does Lammy mean by that? Does he mean they have to find a few police guilty of something to appease the populace? Whether they are guilty or not?
Come on, Lammy, speak up! Or are you going to ‘pass’ on this one?