"Paul McKeever, chairman of the Police Federation, said that much of the criticism by politicians and media commentators was inaccurate, ill informed and ignorant.
Mr McKeever, a Metropolitan Police sergeant with experience of riot situations, said that officers faced “real provocation” at the protests on April 1.
“A lot of that is based on people taking ill-informed positions. Demonstrations like that are extremely difficult to police and a lot of the criticism has been very unfair. There is a broad-ranging bandwagon rolling and it is of concern. There seems to be a disconnection between commentators in the media and the public, and what it is that police officers do.”"
Right! So what's your excuse for the incidents that have come to light despite you and your colleagues best efforts to hide them? What about that pathologist on the first post-mortem for Ian Tomlinson? How do you excuse the way your lot of thugs laid into the Countryside Alliance demonstrators - hardly a rabid mob? Why are you all so anti-camera? Why can members of the TSG defy the courts and refuse to give evidence? Why have so many people died in police custody and no copper is ever prosecuted? Why are your top brass coining it as shareholders and executives in ACPO Limited?