It’s been a hell of a year for police officers in this country.
Twelve months ago, in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd, policing stood accused of institutional racism. And it wasn’t the first time that had happened.
Three months ago, in the aftermath of the murder of Sarah Everard, policing stood accused of institutional misogyny.
Yesterday, following the publication of an independent inquiry report into the murder of Daniel Morgan, policing stood accused of institutional corruption.
Yesterday, police officers up and down the country had their heads in their hands.
Because, while all of this has been happening, police officers have also been in the frontline of the response to:
- a global pandemic – trying to make sense of rushed legislation, trying to implement imperfect guidance, trying to protect their own health and the health of their loved ones, all while trying to keep the rest of us safe;
- a wave of public protests on the streets of London and Bristol and beyond – attacked from all sides,...
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