A couple of recent cases have left me slightly puzzled, the fact that the British police value it’s own dogs more than human life, while the US Army has pulled out all the stops to give American citizenship to a donkey that helped them in Iraq.
The Akh has always referred to the Police as the biggest gang in the UK, and just as any gang, they are renowned for looking after their own. With the riots still fresh in mind, I remembered hearing a comment by one of the people who live in Tottenham state that the Police love their dogs more than they love us.
Ian Tomlinson died after being assaulted by a policeman at the G20 protests. No charges have been brought; no one has been punished. Despite 300 official complaints about the policing of the protests on April 1st, and plenty of video and photographic evidence, no officer has faced serious disciplinary proceedings. Those who removed their identification numbers, beat up peaceful protesters and bystanders, then repeatedly lied about what had happened remain untroubled, either by the law or their superior officers. There has been no apology to Tomlinson’s family.
Contrast this with another case, in which a Nottinghamshire police officer caused two deaths in June. As soon as it happened, the police reported themselves to the Independent Police Complaints Commission and launched their own investigation. A chief superintendent told the press that:
“we will certainly take any lessons we can get from this process and make sure we put them in place so this sort of thing never happens again. It has caused immense sadness and immense shock.”
The papers carried pictures of officers paying tribute, saluting the flowers left outside police headquarters. There was no cover up, no botched post-mortem, no lies about the victims or their families. The officer responsible was quickly charged and, though his victims died as a result of neglect not assault, last month he was convicted over the deaths.
There’s a significant difference between the two cases: the Nottinghamshire victims were dogs. The officer had left two police dogs in his car and forgot about them while he completed some paperwork. Judging by their response to these two tragedies, both police and prosecutors appear to care more about dogs than human beings.
So why Cameron is thinking of hiring a LAPD supercop to solve our issues is beyond me. Yeah, hiring a Robocop from an eternally racially divided Los Angeles, where corrupt cops rule, dishing out Rodney King style beatings to civilians is the accepted norm, way to go Cameron in adding fuel to the fire.
It’s not a policing matter, that needs to be solved, it’s looking at why do such large amounts of people in inner city area’s feel they are not stakeholders in this so called “Big Society”. Why do people feel like they have absolutely nothing to lose?
That brings me onto the next point, you see the British and Americans do have a lot in common, the British police love their dogs, the U.S. Army, being the jackasses they are, love their donkeys.
The American Marine corp, so taken aback by their Donkey mascot, pulled out all the stops to get their Iraqi donkey US citizenship and take it back home.
So “Smoke” the donkey receives rehabilitation therapy for post traumatic stress disorder while millions of Iraqi’s are still living in a never ending nightmare.
Looks like you get more justice being an animal in the pay of the police/military than being a human being in Iraq or London.