I'll leave the disturbing case of Ian Tomlinson in more capable hands, it sufficing for me to say that there needs to be a proper investigation into this. The footage that has been released is worrying, but what I find more worrying is that the police's denial that they had been anywhere near this man is now exposed as a complete and total fallacy. I await the result of the likely enquiry into this before making up my mind entirely, but at a more fundamental level the question that needs to be asked is 'did the police lie'?
What I wanted to ask was to anyone who has been near a mainline station in London recently; have you seen these people called 'Ticket Enforcement Officers'? This morning at Waterloo, I saw five of them surround this one woman at the end of the platform; her crime - that I could detect from my eavesdropping - was to have been sold the wrong ticket when she bought it in advance. Five men, dressed almost exactly like policemen - same flat hats, high-vis jackets, utility belt, and what appeared to be some form of padded jacket - surrounding a lone woman to force her to pay a fine for her ticket mistake. The only reason I noticed they weren't policemen was because they had 'Ticket Enforcement Officer' written on the back of their jackets. At first glance, I thought they were coppers. I just find it entirely inappropriate for people like this to look like law enforcement officers. It's bullying and intimidation through the use of a uniform - nothing more.
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