But we grant policemen very substantial powers which we deny to ourselves, and their privilege in the exercise of those powers must be always and absolutely above reproach. The shocking and brutal violence used by Mark Andrews on a helpless woman has quite rightly seen him charged with a criminal offence, but I can't be alone in wondering at the corrupt reasoning that has led the CPS to present the case in a Magistrate's Court, where maximum sentences are just six months imprisonment.
Violence by the police is every bit as serious as violence to the police, and must be dealt with equally; indictable offences heard by a jury in the Crown Court with powers of long sentences held by the judge. You can bet your last dollar that had Pamela Somerville been filmed doing to Mark Andrews what he did to her, she would be facing a sentence of at least two years.
I shall be looking for some explanation of this anomalous treatment - on the face of it, it stinks.