Good PR is a rare commodity in the world of ‘the coppers’ as any Met officer will attest to in this age of phone cam gonzo journalism, for it really is a jungle out there. The ability to walk on eggshells without leaving a hairline crack is practically pre-requisite in most police forces in Britain and racial issues at the heart of many a scandal have blemished policemen’s careers quicker than you can say Steven Lawrence Cover-Up.
As always, it’s a question of character when the search is on for a leader of men, the authority figure to which all young police can aspire, fly straight and follow in his footsteps. Supposed US supercop William Bratton isn’t that man, he’s a politician through and thru. His gang control credentials, which precede him everywhere he goes are a fictional concoction and his three failed marriages plus one about-to-bomb rebound hitching serve to reveal many a hidden flaw, quite obvious to the naked eye.
As Vice Chair of the Homeland Security Advisory Council on Improvements In Border Security, he didn’t have any impact whatsoever in preventing the fabled ‘wetbacks’ from crossing the Rio Grande. As a chief in Boston, New York and LA, his officers were run in such a way as to get the statistics to look favourable but crime itself actually increased during his tenure so his greatest fans are in the Prison Industrial Complex.
“The Americans didn’t cure the social problems in New York. What they did is they locked people up. That’s how zero tolerance works. We haven’t got the heart for that over here.” Former Scotland Yard Commander John O’Connor
According to Wiki; “In 1998, Random House published his memoir TURNAROUND: How America’s Top Cop Reversed the Crime Epidemic, written with co-author Peter Knobler. It was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.” TURNAROUND? A more apt title might have been; “BEND OVER!” The tax-paying public hasn’t gotten value for money at any point in this man’s career and his UK invitation must be revoked in the same breath as his entry visa, Bratton’s unique expertise is a fabrication far too far.
It’s time we listened to our futureless young people and stop paying homage to fat old farts in uniform. The riots are a symptom of banker madness seeping into the greater communities, they plunder without recourse so why should we expect our disaffected youth to behave more rationally? At some point, the soon to be pensionless UK police may join forces with the angry looters, make their way to the Houses of Parliament where the true orchestrators of Britain’s domestic and international troubles call home.
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