As anticipated in my blog of 11 January there has been little interest in the story about the killing by a Police marksman of a notorious armed gangster / murderer in Tottenham. We all feared a repeat of the famous Tottenham riots some years ago during which they murdered a young uniformed Bobby who was helping fireman and trying to save lives. They tried to cut his head off and hold it aloft, colleagues just about stopped that happening but couldn’t save his life.
Anyway, as predicted, attempts by friends of Duggan and other troublemakers fell flat. There was a huge Police presence in the background during the funeral and apparently Police are ‘working with the Duggan family’ to introduce head cameras to officers involved in such incidents in the future, and that’s it.
I think Police have performed remarkably well in the aftermath of this incident mainly by keeping a low profile and not arresting anyone even though many offences were committed immediately after the jury verdict that the Police marksman was not guilty.
They may try to overturn the verdict at a higher Court so various Lawyers are rubbing their hands including the famous Michael Mansfield who represented the Duggan family and has made millions from such cases. Actually he has proved to be a useful purpose to Police because we used to go over and over our evidence before major trials saying ‘what weakness would Mansfield find if he were defending?’ and that would bring our standards up. I thought he had retired but he must have had one last shot so he went out on a low.
On to the next big Police mistake. I remember being in charge of Detectives at one busy inner London Division where we had 20,000 reported crimes each year including 200 rapes and 20 murders, you would think that 97 staff would be enough but so many were syphoned off for various roles such as crime prevention, domestic violence, shift work, sickness, holidays etc. that I would look in at night sometimes and there would only be two staff on duty. They were making instant decisions and moving on but when there was a mistake the ‘great brains’ would analyse what happened and criticize everyone including me who was at home at the time. I remember once being on holiday leaving a steady Detective Inspector in charge but I still got pulled over the coals on my return because I didn’t foresee something. The trouble was that there were more watchers than workers as in most professions nd these were the people that got promoted.
I’m in the middle of writing a book which will be a good read (once rewritten by my Brother in Law). I have to do a bit more, this Private Investigator lark is not testing enough, I need to work at least 80 hours a week.