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.