Critic missed my point about ease of warrants
A REGULAR contributor from Allestree recently wrote a sarcastic letter in reply to a previous comment I wrote ("Commissioner needs to look at disgraceful action, December 1). It concerned the easy way in which warrants are obtained by police officers in Derby when they feel the need to break down a door looking for illegal substances – almost as easy as turning on a tap.
I feel he completely missed the point of my letter. If the police had done their job properly, beyond any doubt, this couple would not have been victims of police aggression and injustice in their own home. They were victims of malicious phone calls, as the police discovered later – according to the Derby Telegraph – yet nobody's head proverbially rolled, not even an apology.
To put salt into the wounds, it was the third time in five years this had happened and, each time, they were innocent. What does this say about our professional local police force?
We are the most watched nation in the developed world. You will see CCTV cameras everywhere. What about cameras we don't see or know about, or other means to spy on our lives? Is this normal? Is it acceptable in any democratic way? No.
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The writer from Allestree must have his head in cloud-cuckoo land when he thinks warrants are only handed out when necessary.
Driving offences are a typical example of "cracking nuts with a sledgehammer", with paperwork and other trivial technicalities rearing their ugly heads simply to put people on the police radar and have them swabbed and fingerprinted.
It's a blatant Big Brother ploy to have us, eventually, bar-coded – totally undemocratic and, unless you have plenty of power and money, you will fall victim to injustices, with no loophole to clear your name.
The next riots in this country will not be about material gain, as it was supposed to have been, but freedom and democracy.
And before people say I should leave the country of my birth, all I can say is: "I refuse to dignify that comment with an answer."