Rough Justice recounts the experiences of victims of police and criminal justice failings through the stories of some who fought back, often with amazing commitment and courage. Their feelings encompass frustration, confusion, helplessness and anger. Their encounters affected their trust, certainty and confidence in British justice, sometimes for a lifetime. In 2006 Prime Minister David Cameron declared the police the 'last great unreformed public service' but Governments have dodged fundamental change. Police still investigate and often 'clear' themselves, and avoid prosecution more than Joe Public. A minority practice deception and dubious tactics to obscure what is happening. At a time when the Home Office is reviewing police integrity and discipline, the book also looks at the manipulation of crime statistics, argues that the Independent Police Complaints Commission is unfit for purpose and points to unfairness underpinning a crisis of legitimacy. As former Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer commented, 'Britain's criminal justice system fails the vulnerable'.It lets down law-abiding people too (including MPs) through free-style policing and a 'because we can' approach.
It could it happen to you. Will anything ever change? When will politicians face up to the need for action?
Roger Williams is an engineer who initially trained in Hatfield, Hertfordshire. After experiencing injustice at the hands of police and prosecutors he eventually complained to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) expecting it would 'sort this out'. Totally let-down he set out to learn more about the early stages of the criminal justice system and, finding others with similar experiences, to do what he could to try and improve such arrangements. He has published 20 books on motoring (Veloce Publishing).
Preface Acknowledgements About the author Introduction Acronyms 1. Conspiracy, Cover-up or Both? 2. Police Non-attendance 3. Conspiracy, Cover-up or Both ? (2) 4. Sexual Abuse: Fact and Fiction 5. Covering-up Procedural Errors? 6. Incompetence, Error or Cover-up? 7. 1970s Stitch-ups 8. More Stitch-ups and Cover-ups 9. The Fallout from 'Plebgate' 10. Harassment in Sussex 11. The Government Does Know 12. The Other Side of the Coin 13. Incompetence or 'Screening-out'? 14. Metropolitan Corruption, The Untouchables and Operation Tiberius 15. Police Corruption Cannot Be Eliminated 16. It Doesn't End There 17. Crime Statistics 18. HM Inspectorate of Constabulary 19. The Crown Prosecution Service 20. Police Complaints and Professional Standards 21. Complaints and Appeals via the Independent Police Complaints Commission 22. Policing Using a Zero-Tolerance Standard 23. Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) 24. So What's to be Done (and by Whom)? Appendix 1: Criminal Justice System Organizational Structure Pre-Court Appendix 2: Some Further Examples of Cause for Concern: No Smoke Without Fire. Index