In Which I Wonder Yet Again…

…if ‘Inspector Gadget’ is a real policeman:

Yes, this is the controversy over Staffordshire Police tweeting the personal details of those arrested on suspicion of drink driving. But under a hashtag that leaves little doubt of their presumed guilt.

It takes some degree of ignorance of the law not to realise the dangers of this (not least, the breaking of Twitter’s terms & conditions) and then – when challenged – to stubbornly insist that all your critics are just police haters and that a fact that can easily be checked is not so…

Mind you, it seems that – on Twitter at least – you never have to go far to find an alleged cop willing to double-down on foot in mouth idiocy:

Mind you, challenging them for the title of Idiot of 2014 is their PCC Richard Ellis:

Responding to criticism that his force had committed trial via social media by naming and shaming those charged with alcohol or drug-related motoring offences on Twitter, Mr Ellis said: “No-one will be named where there is any doubt.

Which part of ‘they aren’t convicted yet‘ did you not understand, Richard? And when is someone going to get a grip on this?

I’m looking at you, Theresa May…

6 comments for “In Which I Wonder Yet Again…

  1. Penseivat
    January 3, 2014 at 11:43 am

    Possible abuse of process, leading to the offering of no evidence at court, leading to open criticism of the Police, leading to civil action against the Force, the Chief Constable (as the person making the TWITter entry was acting on his/her behalf and with implied permission) and the person making the entry. I would suggest a nice little offer of ‘payment without guilt’ being made.

    • January 4, 2014 at 7:11 am

      They’ve dropped the offending hashtag. I hope that doesn’t save them…

  2. January 3, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Or whether real policemen are Inspector Gadgets?

  3. John Bolton
    January 3, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    The Staffs force should be enquiring into this matter. Are the details published from Gadget real? If so, it shouldn’t be too difficult to work out the source. The comment by the PCC is just laughable – the man is an idiot. The police are usually very circumscribed in their comment on persons arrested and some (journalists) think this is some sort of cover up. It’s not. It’s done for sound legal reasons and identities and charges are not revealed until the accused makes their first court appearance although this has not always been the case in some high profile/celeb/politico cases I regret to say.

  4. January 3, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    So much for Theresa Mays’ little code of practice advising our feral cops not to break the law.

    • January 4, 2014 at 7:23 am

      I guess they pat as much attention to government advice as we do… šŸ™‚

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