Metropolitan Police Authority hardly going gentle into that good night

What is probably the final ordinary meeting of the Metropolitan Police Authority is in session and Deputy Mayor Kit Malthouse AM, Deputy MOPC Presumptive, is NOT in the Chair (he is on paternity leave).  Instead, Reshard Auladin, the Deputy Chair, is presiding over what is hardly going to be a quiet somnolent meeting of the Authority.

Apart from the usual items on the agenda, like the Commissioner’s report (will he mention Tasers?), there is also the “Policing London Business Plan” that will lead to a lively (and political – given the approaching Mayoral elections) debate on the gap in the Met’s budget, the Mayor’s instruction to keep police numbers up without the money to do it (apart from £30 million that the Mayor is transferring to the Met from the Fire Service budget, about which the Fire Brigades Union threatened demonstrations outside the MPA meeting), the cutbacks in Safer Neighbourhood Teams and their sergeants etc etc.  And the report of the MPA’s Civil Liberties Panel on the DNA database (topical with the Government’s plans to remove potential rapists and others from the database) is also to be discussed.

But the meeting has started with a question submitted by Samantha Rigg-David on behalf of the United Families and Friends Campaign about the procession down Whitehall on Saturday 29th October in remembrance of those who have died in custody or state care and what the Campaign says was the disproportionate, aggressive and degrading treatment the families received from the Police after the procession had handed in a letter to 10 Downing Street.  Shortly after the 29th, I had heard about the incidents referred to in the question and had asked for a briefing from the Met about what had happened. I never received a response, so the answer to the public question is the first time that the Met has given their version of events.
That version was rather different to that of the questioner. However, the Commissioner gave an undertaking personally to review the CCTV material of the incident and to communicate directly with those involved. Surprisingly (given the fact that similar events have been organised over the last thirteen years), it was suggested that there had been a failure of communication between the organisers of the demonstration and the police.
What is not clear is how easily such issues will be aired and pursued once the MPA is abolished.

8 thoughts on “Metropolitan Police Authority hardly going gentle into that good night”

  1. Dear Q, the thing about forensics is that it proves a suspect innocent as well as guilty. The whole concept eludes the police, see Sean Hodgson, Stefan Kiszko, Birmingham Six, Guildford Four, Cardiff Three, Chris Alder.

  2. “And the report of the MPA’s Civil Liberties Panel on the DNA database (topical with the Government’s plans to remove potential rapists and others from the database) is also to be discussed.”

    Ciaran Rehill
    November 25th, 2011 at 12:25
    Dear Q, the thing about forensics is that it proves a suspect innocent as well as guilty. The whole concept eludes the police, see Sean Hodgson, Stefan Kiszko, Birmingham Six, Guildford Four, Cardiff Three, Chris Alder.

    Not this old chestnut…. ‘the thing about forensics is that it proves a suspect innocent as well as guilty.’ couldn’t agree more so why shut down the DNA database..
    The more evidence available for use the better I would have thought. But of course with no growth and no money except in some of this governments MP’s off shore bank accounts we cannot afford to do anything let alone pay for justice.
    Can we have more better qualified Police, more proper Jobs and sustainable Growth.
    What is Boris all IQ and no idea?

  3. ‘nobody believes or trusts the police’
    Where is the evidence for that statement.
    Oh and would that be the male police only? Those with manly courage?
    Speaking for myself I beg to differ.
    I trust the police, I’d just like more of them.
    And a large number policing the financial sector.

  4. John you ARE plod, who the hell goes back to any of my old quotes? Nobody whom I know trusts the police, so that is quite a large chuck of the working and middle class. You want more police? You want more buses with placard carrying hippies stopped and turned back from peaceful rallies? You want more Tomlinsons? More Smellies? I want a one way ticket to Canada, Holland or New Zealand.

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