Doug | 06.12.2006 10:08 | London
This has all the dimensions of a State conspiracy. The group Liberty say that the current system of investigating such deaths is often 'ineffective, secretive, slow and insufficiently independent'. That being so you would expect something better when the matter is actually brought to court but no. There seems to be an inbuilt protection for police officers within the legal system. At the very worst they merely lose their job in exchange for the life they have taken and at best they get a few weeks or months on paid leave.
A recent development is the Corporate Manslaughter Bill, which seems to provide explicit protection of the police from prosecution.