Thursday, July 01, 2004
There be trouble down in Robin Hood country:
A convicted drug dealer plans to sue police for using his picture in a campaign against gun crime.
Michael Polizczuk says police breached his human rights by featuring his photo on leaflets distributed in Nottingham.
Yeah, fancy letting the public know he was a scuzball. They should be left to found out the old fashioned way.
Weirdly though, Nottinghamshire appears to have a Chief with a functional spine. Doubtless this oversight will soon be corrected., but for now enjoy the rare sight of a senior police officer talking sense:
Nottinghamshire Chief Constable Steve Green said: "I challenge any judge in the land to say that the problem of gun crime is not such in Nottingham that we need to take steps of this nature.
"As far as I am concerned, I welcome what they are trying to do because these matters ought to be sorted out in court.
But there's a sting in the tail:
The leaflets show his picture, alongside other convicted gun criminals, with the message: "No such thing as untouchable".
About 30,000 leaflets were distributed in the city in a name-and-shame campaign in April this year.
He was chosen by police for the campaign which aims to show youngsters that armed criminals are now serving long prison sentences.
He is serving a four-year sentence at Sudbury Prison in Derbyshire after being convicted of possessing a handgun, ammunition and cocaine.
So a dealer gets picked up in possession with a loaded firearm and cops 18 months with parole. Clearly, gun crime is caused by the Police not putting enough effort into busting 84 year old with Lugers they picked up as souvenirs. Of course.