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Cops can’t be reformed

Issue No. 2458

The police are on the defensive.  A new TV programme called The Met is trying to portray them as helpful, friendly and trustworthy.

And on social media cops are being encouraged to share selfies taken with members of the public on nights out.

But most people’s experience of the police is different.

Last week the cops’ pet watchdog the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) announced it would not investigate police brutality at Orgreave during the 1984-85 Miners’ Strike (see page 6).

And at a hearing this week police officers involved in the stop and search that led to the death of Habib “Paps” Ullah were exonerated of misconduct.

Such cases of alleged brutality mean the cops are at pains to present themselves as an overall force for good, despite a few rotten apples. 

But the police are not interested in helping ordinary people. They exist to maintain order for the ruling class.

They do this by instilling fear of repression into people.

On large demonstrations the police turn out in their thousands to block people rebelling.

The number of times the IPCC has cleared cops of any wrongdoing shows that the system is skewed in their favour.

The police cannot be reformed. They are part of a rotten system—and we have to get rid of it. 

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