One cannot help but casting their minds to Stephen Lawrence, Mikey Powell, Sean Rigg, Smiley Culture and Kingsley Burrell just to name a few.
I am a believer in transparency and accountability by those charged to represent, protect and serve us the people.
However, yet again there are excuses, explanations, call it what you may, but, yet again someone no matter who they are as society is made up of everyone type of person has lost their life and importantly his family and especially children are no closer to getting the answer’s they seek, being the truth.
Indeed the Julian Webster case, on which I am assisting with other’s; despite a narrative verdict holding the actions of the bouncer as a significant contributory factor in his death; the Crown Prosecution Service is still refusing to prosecute them.
It is fast becoming a systemic culture of the failure of the criminal justice in holding those to account.
One positive this week is that finally after years of complaints especially from the African & Caribbean Community that the Police at time do not tell the truth all time; one of the Officer’s involved in the Plebgate Saga, pleaded guilty this week in court for ‘misconduct in public office’.
One may say that Andrew Mitchell MP should be given his job back and I agree with this also, but, at least he is afforded a second chance following an encounter with the Police.
This is clearly a week which has yet again highlighted a comment, I heard during the City Centre vigil this week, that “there is one law for us and one law for the Police”. There needs to be a lot of bridge building in order to repair relations with the Police, but, the main question still remains, when will there be answers and justice for the families left behind? By the way there are no second chances in these cases.
Let’s hope once Andrew Mitchell returns to office he uses his experience as the catalyst for the change we crave.