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Breach of public trust
11:38am Tuesday 25th September 2012 in Letters
I AM writing to express my view of the incident in Downing Street involving the Chief Whip, Andrew Mitchell, and the police. I would like to know why Mr Mitchell was not arrested.
The law states that when a person who holds a position of public trust commits a crime, it is to be treated as an aggravation of the crime and as such will attract a higher penalty.
Recently, people involved in the riots in England received harsh terms of imprisonment, in some cases for petty crime.
It was explained that because they had committed these crimes during the riots it was treated as an aggravation of that crime.
The Metropolitan Police’s code of conduct states “officers have a particular responsibility to act with fairness and impartiality in all their dealings with the public and colleagues. In particular officers must avoid favouritism of an individual or particular group.”
I have heard John Tully, chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, saying on radio and television that had any member of the public behaved as Mr Mitchell did “they would have been arrested”.
Earlier this year in Glasgow, a woman police constable was charged with perverting the course of justice.
She failed to arrest someone she had seen committing a crime.
She received a term of imprisonment and left the police service.
I believe the officers who dealt with Mr Mitchell broke their code of conduct and breached criminal law by not arresting Mr Mitchell because of his high office in Government.
I think the officers and Mr Mitchell should all face criminal prosecution.
Alistair Watson (retired police officer) Milngavie, East Dumbartonshire
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