Police gone soft?

Better yet, prosecute him.

(Big, big, nod, to Pete Leng)

REGINA V DYTHAM: CACD 1979
February 18, 2017 dls Off Crime, Police,

References: [1979] 1 QBD 722, (1979) 69 Crim App R 722
Coram: Shaw LJ, Lord Widgery CJ, McNeill J

Ratio: A constable was 30 yards away from the entrance to a club, from which he saw a man ejected. There was a fight involving cries and screams and the man was beaten and kicked to death in the gutter outside the club. The constable made no move to intervene. He drove away when the hubbub had died down stating that he was due off and was going off. He demurred to the indictment on the ground that it disclosed no offence since misconduct of an officer of justice involved malfeasance or at least a misfeasance involving an element of corruption and not merely non-feasance as alleged in the indictment.
Held: The conviction of the officer for wilful neglect to perform a duty was upheld.
Lord Widgery CJ said: ‘the allegation made was not of mere non-feasance but of deliberate failure and wilful neglect . . This involves an element of culpability which is not restricted to corruption or dishonesty but which must be of such a degree that the misconduct impugned is calculated to injure the public interest so as to call for condemnation and punishment. Whether such a situation is revealed by the evidence is a matter that a jury has to decide. It puts no heavier burden upon them than when in more familiar contexts they are called upon to consider whether driving is dangerous or a publication is obscene or a place of public resort is a disorderly house’

Regina v Dytham: CACD 1979 - swarb.co.uk
Ah, thanks - that was the stated case I was drawing attention to in another thread.

Beloved of standards and senior officers when prosecuting juniors on discipline matters.

It just doesn't seem to apply above a certain rank ceiling though...
 
Gone soft?! Nah . . . !!!

There are "brave" thugs in uniform . . . when it comes to facing, peaceful, old-age-pensioner, unarmed, white folk . . .



and again . . . .

Was that the demo which caused a bunch of children to flee in panic?

It's quite simple to demonstrate peacefully.

Funny how it just seems a bit beyond certain groups.

I did chuckle to see on social media some desperate attempts to distance themselves from the bloke in the demo giving a Hitler salute. Funny how said lot always seem to have one doing thst wherever they go.

Anyway, who cares. It's all the Met's fault.
 
Ah, thanks - that was the stated case I was drawing attention to in another thread.

Beloved of standards and senior officers when prosecuting juniors on discipline matters.

It just doesn't seem to apply above a certain rank ceiling though...
Wind your neck in, son. According to Commissioner(doesn't like)Dick, there was nothing the poor, misunderstood chap could have done. Indeed, his response was both appropriate and up to the highest standards of the Met Police. Any junior ranks who criticise him are nothing more than nasty bullies.
 

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