For as long as there has been Police, there has been police corruption, although in Scotland in particular, no establishment has yet properly defined its extent or definition, or indeed, the very fact that POLICE CORRUPTION is alive and well with many Scottish forces.
The following list of deviant behaviour by police, is of extreme relevance to many recent miscarriages of justice within Scottish police forces, in particular, Strathclyde Police Force, Grampian Police Force and now, Fife Constabulary.
1. Suppressing vital evidence on behalf of the defendant. This initial point is of extreme importance when we consider the recent cases of Shirley McKie, Nat Fraser, the 'Dunfermline Two', and past cases of The Birmingham Six and of course, Tommy Campbell and Joe Steele.
2. The association of police officers with known criminals, i.e. the subsequent protection of these criminals in order for personal gain, or to secure a conviction of an innocent man or woman. We only have to consider why Mr McGraw acquired the name of 'The Licensee' to reinforce this particular point, and I'm sure it had nothing to do with him owning a pub.
3. In order for not opposing bail or bringing charges against known criminals, the police either request, or accept bribes from those same criminals, for personal gain. This particular point perhaps highlights why so many innocent people are convicted, whilst the guilty walk free.
4. Where there have been proceeds from any type of crime, be it theft, drugs, murder - the proceeds (or parts of the proceeds) can often find their way into the pockets of police officers, without officially being declared. In simpler terms, they get their 'cut'.
5. Being careless with, or 'conveniently losing' a prisoner's property. A good case to highlight on this point is the case of Kevin Lane, who is serving a life sentence for a murder he did not commit. The following excerpt was taken from Kevin's website, http://www.justiceforkevinlane.com and is as follows:
Rough Justice, as far as retesting the black bin liner for fingerprints is concerned, the CPS have informed us that only photographs of the prints are available for our tests. Therefore, where is the black bin liner? 01/11/04.
From the above you can see from the stance of the CPS & Police has gone from agreeing to allow us access, to finally losing the bag after they conducted their investigation. Their results have obviously proved that Kevin’s print was fabricated onto the bag. Kevin argued from the very outset that two retired police officers should not have been allowed to carry out the examination. Kevin said "Who is answerable if anything happens to the bag and it goes missing." Which it now has and no explanation has been given, or anyone held accountable.
6. Any person, or place who is under police surveillance and investigation should therefore, as a matter of course, be watched at all times. There should be no theft, no wrong-doing, or in the case of Justin McAlroy, no assassination.
7. Benefitting or obtaining anything that is irrelevant to their job, from the use of their police uniform or indeed, their office, contradicts completely the Police (Scotland) Act 1967, which is to serve, protect and uphold the law.
POLICE CORRUPTION DOES EXIST, and there is clearly a REAL NEED for the admittance that it exists, the acceptance that it exists, and ultimately, the resolution of the problem. THE SYSTEM NEEDS TO CHANGE.