A former member·
Spot on. The question is that, having been caught in the act, should the behaviour go unpunished?Do I think it's right that the copper should give her a few digs? NO I certainly don't because that makes them as bad as the filth that they have to deal with on a daily basis but they are human with emotions, adrenaline etc etc you have got to be realistic - this is going to happen whether you like it or not or agree with it or not!
Yep. They just stuck their police hat in the back window, and on-duty plod would know to leave them alone. It was still going on in the early 90s, though they may have clamped down now.Were the police really like that? i believe so. i worked with a guy that was a policeman in the 70's, he said he would get a pint from a list of pubs after hours and drive to the next, no problems.
Maybe there's more of an uproar because it's a woman, but a similar case of a man being beaten by police (while unknowingly being filmed by a neighbour with a camcorder) created a similar stir. I don't think gender is an issue here.If it was a p1ssed up and violent bloke who the police were punching,the policemen in question would have got a promotion.......
I don't think anyone's taking a holier than thou attitude. We can all see why it happened, and who can honestly say that they'd have reacted differently in the same situation? If somebody attacked me and I managed to get the better of them, could I honestly say I'd stop at self-defence? There'd be a big part of me wanting revenge for the attack in the first place, and I can't swear that in the heat of the moment, I would be able to keep that under control.I'm not saying that hitting women is acceptable,because it's not,but she was out of control and although the officer did go over board with his actions,I think I can understand how it happened.I don't want to say that she deserved it,but you can see how the situation developed.