It’s about time the police APOLOGISED to Andrew Mitchell for being sworn at by him after he lost his temper with them.
Yes, I know that swearing at a police officer is a STATUTORY offence in England and Wales, according to Section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986:
- “(1) A person is guilty of an offence if he:
- (a) uses threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour, or disorderly behaviour….
But there are CLEAR EXEMPTIONS to this law listed under the Public Order Act itself:
This offence has the following four statutory defences:
- (1) The defendant had no reason to believe that there was any person within hearing or sight who was likely to be alarmed or distressed by his action.
- (2) The defendant was in a dwelling and had no reason to believe that his behaviour would be seen or heard by any person outside any dwelling.
- (3) The conduct was reasonable.
- (4) The defendant is a senior member of the government who was wearing bicycle clips at the time of the alleged offence.
As anyone can see – THE POLICE NEED TO OFFER AN UNEQUIVOCAL APOLOGY TO MR MITCHELL IMMEDIATELY.
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