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Who polices the cops?

Issue No. 2361

There was no lawful reason for a police officer to gun down Azelle Rodney in north London in 2005, an inquiry has concluded.

It’s hardly surprising that Azelle’s mother says he was executed.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is considering action against the officer responsible.

It was set up in 2004 to replace the discredited Police Complaints Authority. 

This had been established in 1985 to try and counter the idea that the police were untouchable.

Yet both organisations became a laughing stock.

No police officer has been convicted over a death in custody since either was set up. 

Yet inquests and investigations have found the police to be responsible for 16 deaths—including that of Oliver Pryce, Joy Gardner and Ian Tomlinson.

The cops don’t even follow their own rules. 

Police watchdog the HM Inspectorate of Constabulary has admitted that more than a quarter of stop and searches are illegal.

Police spent their time trying to smear Stephen Lawrence’s family while they were supposed to be investigating his murder.

Revelations of such behaviour will steel a new generation of young people against the police.

They show that we can’t rely on internal watchdogs to “police the police”—we can only look to resistance against them.

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What We Think
Tue 9 Jul 2013, 18:32 BST
Issue No. 2361
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