Imagine the scene.
A police baton charge.
Imagine it being filmed by some leading action movie director: the noise, the speed, the aggression, the sense of determination and danger, the anticipation of impact.
The police being portrayed as if they were Roman legionnaires or a rampant cavalry.
You watch, and you tense as they approach their target.
...the target calmly raises their camera phone.
The charge comes to an abrupt halt.
I do wish someone would film or animate such a scene.
The recent video footage of police misconduct featured on this blog and elsewhere has revealed sickening and disappointing police behaviour.
We have seen thugs such as PC Simon Harwood, PCSO Peter Lightfoot, and now Sergeant Mark Andrews violently attack members of the public.
It is likely that such behaviour has always been shown by some police officers, but only now is it being captured and broadcast.
This is a welcome development, as it is almost impossible to otherwise individual police officers to account for their conduct in office.
It would be better if there were functioning mechanisms to otherwise hold individual police officers to account; but until there are such mechanisms, the responsible promotion of such video footage seems to be the best way of in turn promoting police accountability for their seemingly relentless violent misconduct towards defenceless members of the public.
Of course, the majority of police officers should not mind being filmed whilst they discharge their public duties with the coercive powers they are uniquely entrusted with in our society.
After all, if someone is behaving lawfully then presumably they must have nothing to hide...
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