I have chosen this report in particular because it demonstrates that police officers cannot be taken at face value any longer. It is not about a single bad apple that may give the service a bad name, it is about an entire police team that has a bad record for its behaviour.

The truth is that these officers are no less bigotted than the worst of the bad apples. No one can see the difference!

We have paid for a lavish funeral for the murdered women police officers and it might be a generation before we find out what they were really like. Were thy saints or sinners?

The reason why we cannot know what they were like is because within the police service there is an entire department, euphemistically known as the Professional Standards Branch, that sees to it that no one can find out.

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