I was going to mention this last week before all the furore over the Times & their wonderful bit of investigative journalism on Nightjack, so it’s a few days late.
Police got called to a kebab house where someone complained of being raqcially abused by some drunk thug. Two officers attended & asked to speak with the male outside. Once in the street, the thug started shouting & swearing, his wife made a gesture at him which resulted in the officers trying to restrain the male from assaulting his own wife. The male PC was punched in the face, the female PC tried to intervene & was also punched in the face resulting in 4 stitches down the front of her face which has left a permanent scar.
This is what happens up & down the land every weekend. Sometimes the officers come off ininjured, sometimes they come off much worse, but they are assaulted every day, and have been for years.
The above case happened in May in Bristol. PC Gemma Mags had a month off work, recovering from her injuries. The defendant was convicted of both assaults at Bristol magistrates Court on June 16th. He received an 18-week prison sentence, 80 hours community service & has to pay the officer Ã‚Â£500 compensation.
I don’t suppose things have changed too much, the last two people to be have to pay me compensation never paid. I got the first Ã‚Â£5 instalment from one & bugger all from the other. Despite making enquiries with the courts over the next 3 years not a penny more appeared.
The 18-week jail sentence was suspended, so it’s a paper-only conviction & completely meaningless.
So that leaves the community service. If he completes the full 80 hours, I’m a banana.
Proof, if proof were needed that the courts of the land really do protect the people who are charged with dealing with all of society’s drunken thugs.