Brian Coleman embraces technology in his "Commend a Copper" campaign

My London Assembly colleague, Brian Coleman, isn’t someone who would describe himself as a technophile. But….. He has set up a facebook profile (you can become a friend of his here) as a prelude to his campaign to encourage support for the police.

There has been a lot of criticism of the policing of the G20 summit and Brian feels that much of the criticism is unfair. He has a sound point. Public order policing is a difficult and dangerous job and the vast majority of police officers go about their work with great professionalism.

Clearly I cannot (and will not) comment on individual cases as they are under investigation but it should be remembered that there was nothing like the scale of violence or damage that has occurred in protests in the past.

We must be willing to identify failings in the planning or implementation or at individual officer level but the widespread vilification of the police is unfair and counterproductive. Brian says enough is enough and I agree with him.

16 responses to “Brian Coleman embraces technology in his "Commend a Copper" campaign

  1. I’m surprised to see you sticking up for Brian Coleman after he made < HREF="http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/davehillblog/2009/apr/17/boris-g20-police-assault-ian-tomlinson1" REL="nofollow">these comments<>:

    “Nicky Fisher turned up to this protest, which everyone said could be violent. She put herself in this situation and lo, she was hit. It’s like going gambling and then complaining that you’ve lost money. All right-thinking people will have little sympathy for her. The police were dealing with a very serious situation caused by some very silly people”

    It’s a bit late for him to be taking the moral high ground now.

  2. I’m surprised to see you sticking up for Brian Coleman after he made < HREF="http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/davehillblog/2009/apr/17/boris-g20-police-assault-ian-tomlinson1" REL="nofollow">these comments<>:

    “Nicky Fisher turned up to this protest, which everyone said could be violent. She put herself in this situation and lo, she was hit. It’s like going gambling and then complaining that you’ve lost money. All right-thinking people will have little sympathy for her. The police were dealing with a very serious situation caused by some very silly people”

    It’s a bit late for him to be taking the moral high ground now.

  3. <>Public order policing is a difficult and dangerous job and the vast majority of police officers go about their work with great professionalism.<>Kettling is incitement to violence, it is completely the opposite of public order policing. It is intended to put people into a situation where they must let off steam and act in a dangerous way. The police encourage this by adding more pressure and routine acts of violence against random members of the public including newspaper sellers.

    <>…it should be remembered that there was nothing like the scale of violence or damage that has occurred in protests in the past.<>I’m afraid that has been the excuse of too many police states in the past. Kettling is imprisoning innocent people on the streets and taking away their freedom to walk, protest, use toilets, the police can maintain order – but the price is too high.

    I would suggest that the violence by the police was worse than at other recent protests. They would not dare to police anti-Israel or pro-Tamil demonstrations in this way.

    The policy of kettling is wrong and the actions of a few individual officers is disgraceful. When an officer removes their police number they should be regarded as civilians and should be prosecuted for any acts of GBH or manslaughter committed.

  4. <>Public order policing is a difficult and dangerous job and the vast majority of police officers go about their work with great professionalism.<>Kettling is incitement to violence, it is completely the opposite of public order policing. It is intended to put people into a situation where they must let off steam and act in a dangerous way. The police encourage this by adding more pressure and routine acts of violence against random members of the public including newspaper sellers.

    <>…it should be remembered that there was nothing like the scale of violence or damage that has occurred in protests in the past.<>I’m afraid that has been the excuse of too many police states in the past. Kettling is imprisoning innocent people on the streets and taking away their freedom to walk, protest, use toilets, the police can maintain order – but the price is too high.

    I would suggest that the violence by the police was worse than at other recent protests. They would not dare to police anti-Israel or pro-Tamil demonstrations in this way.

    The policy of kettling is wrong and the actions of a few individual officers is disgraceful. When an officer removes their police number they should be regarded as civilians and should be prosecuted for any acts of GBH or manslaughter committed.

  5. I’m a big supporter of the Police, my Grandad was in the Sweeney (not the TV show, the real thing).
    I do however worry that there is a problem with the TSG. By the nature of that organisation they seem to be isolated from normal Policing and normal interactions with the public.
    James, is there any way that the period of service within TSG could be reduced? Or, if that is not possible could TSG folks be periodically sent on a beat patrol sabbatical for a bit and then go back?
    Alternatively there could be a more general rotation between Level 1 and Level 2. That might happen already, excuse my ignorance.

  6. I’m a big supporter of the Police, my Grandad was in the Sweeney (not the TV show, the real thing).
    I do however worry that there is a problem with the TSG. By the nature of that organisation they seem to be isolated from normal Policing and normal interactions with the public.
    James, is there any way that the period of service within TSG could be reduced? Or, if that is not possible could TSG folks be periodically sent on a beat patrol sabbatical for a bit and then go back?
    Alternatively there could be a more general rotation between Level 1 and Level 2. That might happen already, excuse my ignorance.

  7. Liberal, left-wing scum, always trying to undermine the police in whatever they do.

    Whatever you say these people went to the demonstrations to cause trouble – I have no sympathy for them.

    I fully support the police in the actions they took against these anti-social, benefit scrounging anarchists.

  8. Liberal, left-wing scum, always trying to undermine the police in whatever they do.

    Whatever you say these people went to the demonstrations to cause trouble – I have no sympathy for them.

    I fully support the police in the actions they took against these anti-social, benefit scrounging anarchists.

  9. Respect to Brian Coleman. Everyday police officers put their lives on the line and save lives – but then apparently, no one wants to hear about that.

    The Metropolitan Police Officers police demonstrations and events daily, 99% without incident. This whole furore has been created by the liberal elite and their lapdogs in the national media.

    Let us not forget that ultimately the disorder at the G20 was created by our politicians, and exacerbated by the national media. For weeks beforehand, the national media ramped up the situation, telling everyone that anarchists were going to tear the City to bits etc, etc. And all we saw on the day were protestors and police outnumbered 10-1 by photographers, television crews and reporters stirring the situation up even more. And yet the police are the bad guys?!

    Boris Johnson has been very quiet over the whole matter, despite being the Mayor of London. Ken Livingstone defended the police magnificently on the radio. Never thought I’d ever be saying that!

    Top marks to Colin Bloom too, for being the first top Conservative to come out and defend the police.

  10. Respect to Brian Coleman. Everyday police officers put their lives on the line and save lives – but then apparently, no one wants to hear about that.

    The Metropolitan Police Officers police demonstrations and events daily, 99% without incident. This whole furore has been created by the liberal elite and their lapdogs in the national media.

    Let us not forget that ultimately the disorder at the G20 was created by our politicians, and exacerbated by the national media. For weeks beforehand, the national media ramped up the situation, telling everyone that anarchists were going to tear the City to bits etc, etc. And all we saw on the day were protestors and police outnumbered 10-1 by photographers, television crews and reporters stirring the situation up even more. And yet the police are the bad guys?!

    Boris Johnson has been very quiet over the whole matter, despite being the Mayor of London. Ken Livingstone defended the police magnificently on the radio. Never thought I’d ever be saying that!

    Top marks to Colin Bloom too, for being the first top Conservative to come out and defend the police.

  11. I’d like to commend the copper* who caught Assembly Member Brian Coleman exceeding a 30mph speed limit in Borehamwood in January 2006. He already had 9 points on his driving licence. On 9 August 2006 at St Albans Magistrates’ Court, Coleman was given three points on his licence, banned from driving for six months and fined £300.

    Although siince then of course, he’s run up famously large taxi bills at your and my expense.

    Full details are at the ‘Brian Coleman (aka Mr Toad) has got to go’ Facebook Group page:
    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=24061317432

    * ok, it was a speed camera really. Still, I commend it nonetheless.

  12. I’d like to commend the copper* who caught Assembly Member Brian Coleman exceeding a 30mph speed limit in Borehamwood in January 2006. He already had 9 points on his driving licence. On 9 August 2006 at St Albans Magistrates’ Court, Coleman was given three points on his licence, banned from driving for six months and fined £300.

    Although siince then of course, he’s run up famously large taxi bills at your and my expense.

    Full details are at the ‘Brian Coleman (aka Mr Toad) has got to go’ Facebook Group page:
    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=24061317432

    * ok, it was a speed camera really. Still, I commend it nonetheless.

  13. I shall be taking the opportunity to dib in as many coppers as I can who I see using bus lanes to bypass traffic (especial whilst the A2 works are going on).
    I have checked with TFL, and the rules are, they can only use buss lanes when they have sirens going. So I encourage all to call your local station with the registration number of any Police cars you see BREAKING THE LAW. They have lost my support from the moment they started acting like the Stasi, and killed the protestor, then hid like cowards by taking off their ID. No more good citizen from this call sign. They messed , they lose!

  14. I shall be taking the opportunity to dib in as many coppers as I can who I see using bus lanes to bypass traffic (especial whilst the A2 works are going on).
    I have checked with TFL, and the rules are, they can only use buss lanes when they have sirens going. So I encourage all to call your local station with the registration number of any Police cars you see BREAKING THE LAW. They have lost my support from the moment they started acting like the Stasi, and killed the protestor, then hid like cowards by taking off their ID. No more good citizen from this call sign. They messed , they lose!

  15. Five months after this article was posted and Brian Coleman has only got 58 friends on Facebook. Not very popular is he!

  16. Five months after this article was posted and Brian Coleman has only got 58 friends on Facebook. Not very popular is he!

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