What do you reckon is the bigger scandal? A police officer testifying in a court of law, standing in full uniform, in the witness stand, and being exposed as a liar, after having taken an oath to tell the truth? Or....The fact that the Procurator Fiscal, the Justice of the Peace, the Sheriff clerk, and the defence solicitor all casually moved on to their next case without batting an eye lid while the police officer who had just been exposed in the witness stand to be a liar walked nonchalantly out of the court to continue the rest of her shift, completely unfazed by what she'd just done?
The only witnesses to this trumped up charge against the wee guy were two Police Scotland officers, one male, one female, who had stopped him and arrested him.
I've gotta hand it to the wee guy...his word against two coppers in a court ain't good odds but, hey, he was innocent, he had done nothing wrong, he wanted his day in court, so I salute him for standing up for what's right, just, honest, and decent.
Sooooooo, the trial begins and plod number 1 flat foots it in to the witness stand.
He tells the court with great articulation that the accused was on the opposite side of the carriageway, travelling up the road as the police were travelling down the road, so he saw the accused full frontal on, very clearly holding his phone in his right hand. No doubt about it whatsoever. Damn, this coppers good!
So good in fact, I see "The Beak" start to fidget. He's impressed, and he's reaching to put on his black cap in readiness for giving out the death sentence. Yip, the Nokia Nuisance is going to the gallows.
It get's worse. In strolls plod number 2 to the witness stand. She tells the same story, word for word. Yes, he had the phone in his right hand, yes, she clearly saw it.
Just when it looks like the Cumbernauld criminal mastermind is going down, the defence says to her, "Yes, I see on your statement you say the phone was in his right hand but you changed your statement a few days after you made it. Originally your statement said it was in his left hand. Did you change your statement after talking to your Police colleague and realising the story you'd fabricated just to corroborate his story was wrong?"
Defence: "So why did you change your statement?"
Answer..."Emm, I don't know"
Cue a meerkat impression from the Justice of the Peace and a rolling of eyes from the Procurator Fiscal.
The defence solicitor continues his questions. The Police officer tells him she got a real long look at the accused - she watched him use his phone, in his right hand or his left hand or whatever hand it was, for about 5 or 6 seconds.
More than that, she was only two car lengths away from him at the time so she was able to get a real good close up look at Cumbernaulds public enemy number 1.
So now we have it. The Police vehicle was travelling in one direction at 30mph, the accused was travelling the other direction at 30mph, and at two car lengths away this copper claims she had 5 or 6 seconds to observe the accused! Think about it. At that speed they would pass each other in a split second...not 5 or 6 seconds!
You can probably guess the rest. The defence solicitor put it to her that she was lying, she hadn't seen the wee guy use his mobile phone at all, and was falsifying evidence in order to back up and corroborate her Police Scotland colleague in order to get a conviction against the wee guy.
While she was still answering, the defence solicitor was already packing away his brief case...
The Sheriff clerk was already shuffling the papers ready for the next trial...
The Justice of the Peace gave a knowing nod to the Procurator Fiscal as if to say I assume you're going to stand up and say something to me...
The Procurator Fiscal didn't even fully rise from her seat but rather did that kinda half getting up from her seat move - you know the one, where the bum only rises about 2 inches from the upholstery - while her hand made some dismissive half baked gesturing movement accompanied by a nod and an incomprehensible mumble to the Justice of the Peace. She then sat back down to look out the papers for the next case...
Meanwhile the lying police officer was brushing down her uniform and walking out of the court, totally unfazed by the proceedings that had just preceded.
The Justice of the Peace then told the wee guy in the dock that he had been found not guilty and was free to go...and everyone moved on to their next case without so much as blinking an eye.
Inside my head I was screaming at the top of my voice. Why doesn't one of you in this court do something about what's just happened? This cannot be right.
An officer of the law, in full uniform, had just been caught lying through her teeth in order to frame an innocent man for a crime he did not commit...and nobody in the court room so much as blinked an eye. They are so used to Police Scotland officers lying in court day after day that this is purely routine for them!
That officer from Police Scotland committed perjury in order to cause harm to an innocent member of the public. Yet she walked away free as a bird. If the shoe had been on the other foot and the wee guy had been caught lying through his teeth, under oath, in that court, do you think it would have panned out the same way for him? No chance.
Worse still, the lying copper had only been with Police Scotland for 3 years. She was a rookie, fairly new in the door.
Now I'm willing to bet my pension that she didn't join Police Scotland 3 years ago just so she could be corrupt and tell lies in court to frame innocent members of the public every day. No, her lying under oath to try and get an innocent man convicted for something he didn't do is something she clearly learned to do after she joined Police Scotland.
Make no mistake, she learned this corruption from her "teachers" in untrustworthy Police Scotland, and this corruption is fully accepted and sanctioned by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service who rely on officers of Police Scotland to lie every day in courts up and down the country to help them win cases.
In another recent case, Sheriff Robert H Dickson jailed a policeman for lying to protect a colleague. Sheriff Dickson publicly blasted the culture of cover-up in Police Scotland. The Sheriff was unceremoniously attacked and criticised by that well know menace-in-a-uniform Stephen House, the chief constable of Scotland. However Sheriff Dickson slapped Stephen"I've got an ego as big as a" House down good and hard and told him in no uncertain terms that he'll say what he likes, when he likes, and about who he likes, and Police Scotland can take a run and jump if they don't like it (I'm paraphrasing of course - the judiciary obviously used far more eloquent language than I when telling Stephen House how to go self orgasm - amounts to the same thing though).
Sheriff Dickson was absolutely right. Kudos to him.
What Sheriff Dickson was speaking out about was the frustration of what he was seeing in his court room, day after day after day. Police Scotland officers covering up for each other, lying for each other, corruptly trying to get convictions against innocent members of the public.
Sheriff Dickson refused to stand for it. So should other judges. And so should we, the public.
If you are charged by Police Scotland but know you are innocent, no matter how big or small the alleged crime, always plead not guilty and have your day in court, It's not only your entitlement, it's the right thing to do.
Don't ever give up just because you think it'll be your word against a couple of Police Scotland coppers and you'll have no chance. Thankfully judges no longer blindly believe everything Police say in court any more. Judges are not stupid, they rule over their courts day in and day out and believe me they've seen it all. And that means they can see right through these lying pieces of scum who do not deserve the title of constable and are a disgrace to the uniform they wear.
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak outBecause I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me - and there was no one left to speak for me.
Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984)