Wednesday 31 January 2018

Police Apologise To Family…Eventually

Deputy Chief Constable Iain Livingstone has made an “unreserved apology” to the family of Kevin Mcleod who’s body was recovered from Wick harbour in…1997.

I’m sure the Police apology, 20 years later, is a great comfort to Mr McLeod's family (not).

Deputy Chief Constable Livingstone said “Legacy policing services undoubtedly failed this family”.

Let me translate.

Sorry, but this all happened years ago, not under my watch, not my problem guv”.

Or perhaps a better translation would be "big boys did it and ran away".

The only thing DCC Livingstone left out was the ubiquitous “lessons have been learned” although I’m sure he probably threw that somewhere in to the mix of inane drivel Police usually spout to families on the rare occasions they actually apologise.

20 years on and we’ve still got the same old Scottish PC Plod mentality trotting out the same old lame excuses and worthless apologies.

Nothing changes.

Police Scotland waste £77,493 blocking FOI requests

Untrustworthy Police Scotland spent £77,493 of YOUR money between 2015 and 2016 on legal fees to stop YOU from finding out what they get up to.

The money was spent on trying to block Freedom Of Information requests.

Let’s just be clear here.

Freedom Of Information exists so that we, the Scottish public, can request information about what the Police, who we fund, are doing with the money we give them. It’s only right, because it’s our money they spend policing our streets and we have every right to demand to know if they are spending it wisely.

Yet not only do Police Scotland refuse to release information to us via FOI requests, they even have the cheek to go to court and spend a further £77k of OUR money to stop us challenging them over it.

Police Scotland are an embarrassment.

The public money they receive from us is meant to protect us, not to protect them.

So much for their new era of so-called “transparency and accountability”.

Then again, did you expect anything less from this motley crew?

Phil Gormley's New Nickname Is Tulip

I've just heard that there's a new nick-name for Scottish Chief Constable Phil "Gormless" that's allegedly doing the rounds in the corridors of power.

They are calling him "Tulip".

Because apparently he'll be out by the spring.

Ta da ra ra.

Justice Minister's Secret Meeting

We are told that the Justice Secretary Michael Matheson met the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) Chairman Andrew Flanagan on 9th November last year to discuss the future of Police Scotland Chief Constable Phil Gormley.

I’m delighted to see that the Scottish Government and the Scottish Police Authority are getting their heads together and finally taking this matter seriously.

Police Scotland is already in chaos and having our top cop relegated to the back burner while awaiting the results of investigations in to the numerous complaints against him is doing the force and the Scottish public untold harm. Public confidence in to untrustworthy Police Scotland is already at an all-time low.

So what did our elected public officials discuss at the meeting and what was the outcome? What was eventually decided regarding Phil Gormley's future and the complaints against him?

Errr, we don’t know.

Because no minutes were taken.

Hmmm. Anyone else got an uneasy feeling that no matter whether he’s innocent or guilty of these allegations, uncle Phil Gormley is gonna tip-toe away from all of this very quietly and with very little fuss?

My money’s firmly on this whole debacle ending with a resignation letter, full pension benefits preserved, and a copy of Gardeners Weekly.

Complaints Against Chief Constable Gormley Rack Up

I’ve actually lost count of the number of complaints against Scotland’s Chief Constable Phil “Gormless”. I thought it was six but read yesterday that we may now be up to seven complaints.

Anyway, the number of complaints against Scotland’s top cop and whether they are true or not is unimportant for the purposes of this particular article.

What is important is that even if Phil Gormley is innocent and has done nothing wrong, this mud is gonna stick to him. People will still continue to treat him with suspicion and say there’s no smoke without fire no matter what.

For the rest of Phil Gormley’s career (if there’s anything left of it by the time this saga has finished) he’ll be well and truly tainted, damaged goods, no-one will touch him with a barge pole.

And I find it all hilarious.

In fact, I haven’t stopped laughing since the first complaint against the Chief Constable was reported. Even if all the complaints against him are dismissed and he is found completely innocent of all wrong-doing, I’ll still continue to laugh at him.

And here’s why...

You see, every day in Scotland, officers under Phil Gormley’s command go in to courts up and down the country and LIE through their teeth to get innocent members of the public convicted for crimes they did not commit, just so they can hit targets.

The members of the public the Police (and the Crown office) target are the poorest and most vulnerable in our society. If you don’t believe me, just go in to any court, any day of the week, anywhere in Scotland, and count the t-shirt, tracksuit and scrunchy wearers versus the suit and tie guys or smart business suit women. Honestly, you’d think middle class, wealthy, educated people don’t commit crimes.

And it's no accident that you only see the poorest and most vulnerable in society in our courts.

Because untrustworthy Police Scotland and the corrupt Crown office know they can get easier convictions against these type of people.

A defendant who is poor doesn’t have the financial means to buy a good, proper, legal defence. Legal aid is vastly underfunded and does not buy you a full and comprehensive defence, despite what the bigwigs try and tell you.

You'll also notice that - as well as being poor - most of the defendants you see in the courts have very little education. They have virtually no chance of ever putting forward a coherent defence to demonstrate their innocence to the court.

Even when an innocent member of the public does manage to overcome the odds and defeats the Crown office mafia who use their £112million a year funds and every dirty trick in the book to try and put the innocent "wee guy" behind bars, that innocent person is still left with the stigma of having  appeared in a court, in the dock, been charged with a crime, and gone through a gruelling trial etc.

People never say “he was found innocent” or “there was no case to answer”.

Instead they whisper behind his back “he got away with it”.

So Phil, even though you have protested your innocence and denied the numerous complaints against you, you now find yourself on the receiving end of the stigma that you and your officers have placed so many innocent members of the public in. The rumour mill will last the rest of your life.

Now you know what it’s like to be accused of things that you claim you haven’t done.

Now you know what it’s like to have your life and career left in tatters despite claiming innocence.

Now you know what it’s like to have people whispering behind your back that there's “no smoke without fire" and other similar phrases.

And now you know why I’m sitting here laughing at your predicament.

Because what goes around, comes around.

It's a type of justice you won't find in the Police manual. It's called "poetic justice".

So enjoy the ride Phil. Your officers and you have, for years, systematically destroyed the lives of many innocent members of the Scottish public.

Now it's your turn to feel the pain you inflicted on so many innocent members of the Scottish public.

And boy are we all thoroughly enjoying watching you squirm.

Karma can be a right b*****d sometimes Phil.

Tuesday 30 January 2018

The New Criminal Justice Act Explained (Simply)

OK, I’ve got two explanations for you (which actually amount to the exact same thing really).

First one is the short version. Second one is the very short version.

Feel free to read both but pay particular attention to the second one, it's the one that really matters.

Version 1:
The new act protects key rights for suspects including access to legal advice and abolishes the separate concepts of arrest and detention replacing them with a single statutory power of arrest without warrant where there is reasonable grounds for suspecting a person has committed, or is committing, an offence.

It also creates new investigative tools for the police, with scope for investigative liberation and post-charge questioning.

Where police suspect someone but don’t have sufficient evidence to charge them, investigative liberation will give them the option to attach conditions to the person’s liberation for a period up to 28 days while they continue to investigate, with the power to rearrest the person for the same offence as many times as may be needed within the statutory time limits.

Version 2:
If there’s no evidence you've done anything wrong, the police must let you go (just as before). However, now they can impose, for a month, restrictions on where you can go and who you can contact etc. Breach these unilaterally imposed conditions and you will be charged with breaching the conditions and possibly imprisoned.

Hmmm, so how long before we have thousands of innocent members of the public who have done nothing wrong and have not been charged with anything still placed under control of the police?

History tells us that every time Police get new powers they always abuse those powers. Always.

This is all gonna end in tears, you can just see it coming.

Police Scotland Perverts

A 33-year-old Dundee man who sexually assaulted a female colleague resigned from his job and was ordered to complete 100 hours of unpaid work.

The man, Greg Jamieson, was also placed on the sex offenders register for five years.

Oh, I forgot to also mention…

…the man was a Police Scotland officer. 

The woman he sexually assaulted was a colleague and fellow Police officer.

The louse-bag narrowly escaped a custodial sentence. He was lucky.

After hearing the victim had initially been hesitant about reporting the incident, Sheriff Brown commented that the workplace culture at Police Scotland “had to change”.

The Sheriff also said that “It seems the culture was very much that you don’t grass on colleagues and you put up with things. If that is the case then this needs to change”.

Welcome to the sordid world of Police Scotland dear readers.

Still feel safe with this bunch of perverts protecting you?

Thought so.

Police Investigations And Review Commissioner SLAMS The Scottish Police Authority

The Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC) have investigated the Scottish Police Authority's complaints handling system.

And they are NOT impressed.

The PIRC commissioner Kate Frame said "The audit has highlighted a number of deficiencies within the SPA's current complaint handling practices."

The PIRC discovered that:

a) Decisions on complaints were made which lacked clarity and transparency and in many cases there was insufficient explanation to demonstrate how the decision was reached.

b) The average time taken by the SPA to conclude complaints was excessive and disproportionate

c) The emphasis placed on members of the public to produce evidence in support of their complaint was not appropriate

d) The SPA needs to put in place guidance on how to handle "whistleblowing"

e) The SPA's internal guidance document for handling complaints was difficult to follow, without clear timescales and instructions on how to progress different types of complaints.

It’s a damning audit, no two ways about it.

However I could have saved the PIRC a ton of time and money.

Because those of us who have ever made a complaint against Police Scotland or the SPA could have told the PIRC that the only “complaints procedure” that exists in the SPA and Police Scotland is a “how to reject complaints procedure”.

This audit will make absolutely no difference to how these charlatans operate.

After we get the usual responses from them such as “we welcome this audit”, "we acknowledge that mistakes were made” and the ubiquitous “lessons have been learned”, it’ll be back to business as usual at the SPA.


Police Buy Food For Woman Stealing To Feed Her Family

Police were called to a supermarket where a woman was suspected of stealing food.

They finally traced the woman to her house where the woman immediately gave back the £29 worth of food she had stolen and told the officers she was sorry for doing what she did but her kids were hungry.

One of the officers looked inside her fridge while he was there and saw it was completely empty. The officers discovered that the woman and her family had been without food for three days.

Later, while the woman was in court in front of the judge, the two police officers nipped out to a local shop and spent £100 of their own money on food for the woman.

One of the officers said that as police officers they often come into contact with people when they are vulnerable and often buy people meals or gas and that this is what policing is about today. It has to be about partnership with the public. This was not a crime out of greed but one seen as necessary by a mother trying to feed a child.

Oh I forgot to mention one little thing about this heart-warming story…

This didn't happen in Scotland. This wasn't officers from Police Scotland.

This happened in North Carolina in the United States.

Now that's the calibre of police officers I want protecting me.

Who all feels like emigrating?

We Have Surpassed 10,000 Page Views!

Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou!

I've just checked the blog stats and they are showing that we recently passed 10,000 page views. Actually, at the time of posting this article it is currently standing at 10,852 page views.

This is incredible and I personally thank you all for your support. There are many more genuine decent people out there who share my concerns about corruption in our public bodies than I ever imagined.

The web stats are also showing that, on average, visitors to this blog read 2 pages before exiting.

That means more than 5,000 members of the Scottish public have now come to this blog to read it. 

Now, for a large website like Facebook or Amazon these numbers would be but a teardrop in the ocean.

But for a very tightly niched blog which only deals with Police Scotland and COPFS corruption and will only be found by people specifically searching for articles about corruption in these organisations, this is massive.

Thousands of members of the Scottish public are discovering this blog and reading its articles. It's a damning confirmation of how many Scottish people distrust Police Scotland and the Crown Office.

Don't worry though, I won't be sitting on my laurels. This important fight against the systemic corruption in Police Scotland and the COPFS will still continue.

And as this blog goes from strength to strength, I will never forget that without your readership, kind help and support for this blog, we would never have been able to make the differences it is now making in improving our broken justice system.

Kenny Campbell