Friday, 17 February 2017

NEWS IN BRIEF 17/2/17

POLICE SCOTLAND TRAIN HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSERS
This may seem like old news because I already reported last year about Police Scotland making a bit of extra cash out of giving training to Saudi and Bahraini police forces.

But it now turns out that they provided the training to these countries police forces without carrying out any human rights checks to make sure the particular forces they were training did not use the death penalty or use torture against people accused of involvement in protests.

Police Scotland also did not check to see if the forces they were training in Saudi and Bahrain were involved in sentencing children to death (at the time of writing this article, at least three children are currently on death row and could face execution at any time).

Under UK Government policy, a formal assessment should be carried out before justice or security assistance is provided to states where it could contribute to the death penalty.

But a Freedom Of Information request to Police Scotland and the UK College of Policing has revealed that NO information was held on such assessments.

Ahhh, good ole' untrustworthy Police Scotland, at it again.

Not in our name you despicable bunch of tyrants and hypocrites.

Disgraceful.

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2016/12/21/police-scotland-trained-saudi-bahraini-officers-without-human-rights-checks

POLICE PREVENT CHILD ABUSER BEING RECOGNISED
In one of those 'you couldn't make it up' stories, Police Scotland officers pixellated out the eyes of a child abuse suspects photograph...because the victim said he would recognise the abusers eyes.

Ever get the feeling police don't really want to catch this particular child abuser?

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15002474.Obscuring_eyes_of_suspects_in_police_pictures____extraordinary___/?ref=rss

POLICE ARE PRAISED...BY POLICE!
In yet another of those 'you couldn't make it up' stories, we discover that Police Scotland have been praised to the hilt for their handling of the Hogmanay Rangers v Celtic match.

So who has praised our wonderful boys in blue? The fans? The club management? The supporters clubs? The local residents?

Ermm, no.

It's police themselves.

Yip, Chief Constable Phil 'Gormless' has said "I went out in uniform with officers throughout the match and saw what was a first-class policing operation and it passed off very well".

Nothing like blowing your own trumpet Phil eh?!

http://www.glasgowlive.co.uk/news/glasgow-news/police-scotland-praised-over-handling-12424121

SCOTTISH POLICE AUTHORITY IN CHAOS
The Scottish Police Authority (SPA), the body who are supposed to hold Police Scotland to account is to be inspected itself by Audit Scotland following its descent into financial chaos.

It has been heavily criticised for weak leadership and accounting errors.

Hmmm. And they're the people who are supposed to be keeping an eye on Police Scotland.

Kinda says it all doesn't it.

https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/politics/scottish-politics/342449/under-fire-scottish-police-authority-faces-major-inspection-into-the-way-it-operates/

ARE POLICE PROTECTING THEIR OWN?
A serving police officer with Police Scotland is under investigation by the PIRC over claims of criminal conduct.

Serious stuff.

Wanna know the officers name? Yeah, so do I, but we’ve got no chance. The officer who is facing allegations including ‘criminal neglect of duty’ is not being named.

Contrast that against what would happen if you or I or any other member of the public were to be suspected and investigated for criminal wrongdoing.

Your name would be all over the newspapers, guaranteed.

But because this is a police officer we’re talking about here - one of their own if you will - the COPFS are staying tight-lipped and have said that “it would be inappropriate to comment”.

Yeah, one law for ‘em and all that…

https://stv.tv/news/scotland/1377824-police-officer-investigated-over-criminal-conduct-claims/