A decorated police chief convicted of possessing a video of child sexual abuse was found guilty of gross misconduct and sacked despite an extraordinary outpouring of support warning that her dismissal would damage the service’s reputation.
…and if they do, this can only repair it, not damage it further.
Before reaching her decision, Ball heard a phalanx of pleas for leniency from police officers and community figures.
Martin Hewitt, chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, wrote that Williams’s work after the 2017 Grenfell disaster had been invaluable. Despite the criminal conviction, Hewitt wrote: “I believe she still has a contribution to make to policing.”
Yvette Williams from Justice for Grenfell, the community group fighting for victims of the fire, wrote: “Wherever Robyn Williams goes, confidence in policing increases.”
Despite the conviction for possessing the video, junior and senior colleagues wrote that they still trusted Williams and some feared that her sacking would damage the Met’s reputation and already fraught relationship with African-Caribbean communities.
All of whom appear to be basing their support on the fact that she’s black. And we all know what happens when that becomes a qualifying employment attribute, don’t we?
Williams is appealing against her conviction by majority verdict in November 2019, and the court of appeal is yet to decide whether it will hear her case.
It’ll be interesting to see what they plan to do if it declines.
But wait, we already know, don’t we? It’s ‘cry racism’. It’s all they have.
Williams remains on the sex offenders’ register following her conviction, despite the prosecution at her trial accepting she had no sexual interest in children and had never watched the video.
If she’d arrested someone for this offence, that’s exactly what would have happened to them. So why are we supposed to think it ‘unfair’ now it’s happened to her?