With due respect to The Automatic and their delightful ditty, the title seemed appropriate.
So the Public Administration Select Committee have published their report into #Crimestats and have instructed HMIC to conduct an investigation into the Metropolitan Police and the manner in which they have treated one of their officers, Constable James Patrick. Let us not underestimate the importance f this development, I have never heard of anything like it happening before. As a friend once said to me “Wow, this is some serious shit man” although I suspect he was referring to something else.
However, I do think it’s safe to assume that the Met will now face a Shit Storm of Biblical proportions and I have come to believe that it will serve them right.
I’m not going to dwell overly much on James’ situation as I have documented it in previous blogs, but he does now need all of our support. He needs to know that he has people out there who care about the predicament that he he now finds himself in. After all, what has he truly done wrong? Blown the whistle on #Crimestats and published a few blogs in a book. Even the fact that he has been found Guilty of Misconduct is being Appealed, and rightly so, in my opinion. What has he REALLY done wrong?
His two good friends point out the obvious as well, why should his wife and children have to suffer because of the outdated, bombastic attitudes of the Met? What have THEY done wrong? NOTHING, except stood by their husband and father. A husband/father who could find himself unemployed in a few weeks time. A husband/father who passionately believes in the Police Service and the quest for TRUTH. A husband/father who quite possibly feels (quite unjustifiably) that he has let his family down.
There is a Shit Storm coming, be in no doubt, and if I can add any Shit to that Storm I most certainly will. There is a Group on Facebook populated by past and serving Met officers, and James has some good support on there, but doesn’t go there because he doesn’t trust the DPS. With good reason it would seem as it looks as though DPS has found its way in to monitor the posts put up by that group.
If you can do one thing today please leave James a message of support. You can leave him a message in the Comments section below, you can leave a message on his blog which you will find here, or you can tweet him a message at @J_amesP. I’m sure he will appreciate your kind words and thoughts, and so will his family and friends.
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