A letter to today's Times sought to restore some balance in the the face of media's orgy of police bashing after the police deployment to control the G20 rioters.
Sir, As a former senior police officer I feel a need to write in support of my ex-colleagues. The vast majority of people at any demonstration will be ordinary law-abiding citizens who would not, in the normal course of their life, dream of committing assaults against anyone, least of all a police officer. It is heartbreaking, therefore, to see the very people you have sworn a duty to protect turn into savages when taken over by mob mentality. Each demonstration will contain a
hardcore rent-a-riot group whose sole aim in life is to attack the Establishment and disrupt our everyday way of life. They are well practised and trained in the ways of mob control and marshal their forces with well-targeted malice. They openly boast about assaults on officers and how they "won" the last confrontation.
Please do not get carried away with the stories about the very few officers who break ranks and go beyond that which is acceptable. Spare a thought for the thousands of others who stand there getting stuck in the leg with pins and nails, kicked mercilessly out of view of the cameras, spat at, threatened and generally treated with utter contempt.
As an expatriate I can tell you that the television coverage is doing nothing to harm the very high reputation that the UK police enjoy on the Continent. I have spoken with Italians who laugh at the coverage and find it unbelievable that no teargas, baton charges or water cannon were in evidence. They marvel at the level of restraint shown by the police, so please spare a thought, therefore, for the British bobby.
San Lucido, Calabria
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