The media reported that a Met police officer placed on restricted duties following a comment he made to a Kurdish protestor.
Apparently, during the police supervision of a Kurdish protest march, he and one of the activist got into an argument and the P.C. made the comment, “you do not tell me what to do in my own country”.
It is unfortunate that a police officer with 29 years service does not know how to respond effectively to individuals that are either taunting or hurling abuse at them. Individuals, personal behaviour expected from the public, but a serving police officer does not have the luxury of making personal comments without facing the ramifications of their action.
In an ideal world, the comment make by the P.C. might have ben overlooked, but it is understandable from the Met directorate of professional standards (DPS) that a complaint made, must be investigated.
Of course, the officer involved will believe that the action of the (DPS) is over the top but he must realise that the Met have this organisation for a reason. The standards require from a police officer must be set high. Therefore, there cannot be any compromise when an officer goes outside that requirement.
In my opinion, the underlining tone of the comment to the Kurdish protestor suggest, I have a right to be here, but do you. Personally, it can be, construed as racist, but let’s leave it up to the DPS.
Over the last few days, a police officer was video smashing an innocent driver windscreen, so there is scepticism out there among the public at the moment. In this technological age and the millions of smartphone about, incidents are video and posted to YouTube in a matter of seconds.
The onus is on police officers to maintain their high standards when dealing with the public, and they cannot make idiotic comments then expect the DPS not to investigate.