London's Metropolitan Police - Cops, Criminals, Corruption

Old Mr Grouser

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The Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe announced today that he is stepping down. That is, he'll be retiring seven months earlier than had been expected.

It's said that there have been problems in his working relationship with London's Mayor, Sadiq Khan.

This is nothing to do with that but in February this year a BBC Panorama went out, Cops, Criminals, Corruption: The Inside Story

You'll see that it's still available to watch on BBC iPlayer, but if you do have a problem it's also on YouTube


[video=youtube;iTc5yee-QUs]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTc5yee-QUs[/video]


It's an incredible situation.
 


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It's an incredible situation.
If you've watched that Panorama programme you'll be aware of what it says about David Hunt.




In 2013, Hunt unsuccessfully tried to sue Times Newspapers, because of an article in the London Sunday Times three years earlier; it.had exposed him as a violent "underworld king".

The trial judge stated that it was "reasonable to describe the claimant as a violent and dangerous criminal and the head of an organised crime group implicated in murder, drug trafficking and fraud".
 

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Almost guaranteed to get their first female head of the met now , according the UK papers the top three contenders for the post are all female.
 

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And again, not immediately connected with this, a Detective Constable in the Metropolitan Police was due to appear at Westminster Magistrates Court today after after a two-year investigation into an alleged fraud involving the local branch of the Police Federation.

That matter is totally unconnected with the allegation of a million pound fraud at the national headquarters of the Police Federation - Arrests include three serving officers in body representing police rank and file over transfer of £1m to a charitable account - but you do have to wonder about the ethos of some parts of the Police.


 

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And again, not immediately connected with this, a Detective Constable in the Metropolitan Police was due to appear at Westminster Magistrates Court today after after a two-year investigation into an alleged fraud involving the local branch of the Police Federation.

That matter is totally unconnected with the allegation of a million pound fraud at the national headquarters of the Police Federation - Arrests include three serving officers in body representing police rank and file over transfer of £1m to a charitable account - but you do have to wonder about the ethos of some parts of the Police.


It may come as a shock to you, but the police are just members of society the same as every other profession. Are all doctors, lawyers, teachers etc " good" people?
 

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It may come as a shock to you, but the police are just members of society the same as every other profession. Are all doctors, lawyers, teachers etc " good" people?
True enough, DT. There'll always be the odd bad apple.

But in this case it's alleged that there were a set of corrupt detectives.

And some of those allegations, if you know more about them, seem to link up to the involvement of the Met's CID with the Richardsons, in the 1950s and 1960s. Sir Robert Mark had claimed that he had rooted it out; but it seems he was wrong.





And there are other implications as well.

There's an old proverb that you don't hear much these days, perhaps because it's 'politically incorrect'; "There's a pool in which the fishes swim".

David Hunt has respectable businesses, and he associates with other respectable business men, and with respectable banks, and with respectable professional men.

Some of those associates have murky pasts, and you'd have to wonder about them; but, for myself, I'd wonder about all the others as well.
 

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As expected the Met has its first female commissioner. But it is a controversial one as she was the officer in change of the botched police operation which resulted in the killing of innocent Brazilian national Jean Charles da Silva e de Menezes who was mistaken for a terrorist.

Normally that would finish a career but in these politically correct times , gender etc trumps over merit.

The guardian reports that the top 5 posts in the Criminal justice system in England and Wales are now all held by females.
 
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As expected the Met has its first female commissioner. But it is a controversial one as she was the officer in change of the botched police operation which resulted in the killing of innocent Brazilian national Jean Charles da Silva e de Menezes who was mistaken for a terrorist.

Normally that would finish a career but in these politically correct timees , gender etc trumps over merit.
Failure seems to be a badge of honour these days and not just with the female gender.
 

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Failure seems to be a badge of honour these days and not just with the female gender.
Agreed , but it is very hard to see a male police been named top cop if he was responsible for an operation such as the Menezes one.
 


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