By Iain Gould, Solicitor
Recently I was interviewed for an ITV ‘Tonight’ programme about trust in the police.
The programme, which deals with police misconduct, will be broadcast on ITV at 7.30p.m. tonight, Thursday 13 February 2014.
As a solicitor who specialises in police misconduct claims the producers sought my input on a number of issues relating to the question of public confidence in the police. They also interviewed one of my clients who had suffered as a result of police misconduct.
The reporters commissioned a survey of 2,000 people. 1 in 5 of those surveyed felt that the police were not on their side. Almost 2 in 5 considered that corruption was a problem within the police.
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My clients Peter Garrigan and Karim Allison would agree with the people surveyed who were concerned about perceived police corruption.
Both of them had to fight all the way to civil jury trials to clear their names after they were prosecuted in criminal courts using false evidence submitted by the police.
In my experience, the police fabricate evidence. But they would have the public believe that the police misconduct cases I deal with are rare, and that things are improving. Indeed, David Crompton, the Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police, sought to assure the public that his force was now a ‘very different place in 2012’ compared to the Hillsborough era.
And yet I am contacted on a regular basis by people like Peter Garrigan and Karim Allison. Ordinary men and women who have suffered as a result of police misconduct.
Despite promises that things have changed since:
- Stephen Lawrence;
- Jean Charles de Menezes;
- Andrew Mitchell‘s ‘plebgate’ affair; and
- countless other scandals,
I am not convinced by the police’s platitudes.
In the past I have supported calls for a Royal Commission (see here). I repeat that call again. It is time that the police account for their actions. It is the only way to restore public confidence.
If you have suffered as a result of police misconduct contact me using the online form below, on 0151 933 5525, or via my firm’s website.
The programme can be seen via the ITV player for a short time by clicking here.