Some faceless and pious pontificator writes in this morning's Herald, castigating police for failing to bring charges against the officer who mistakenly shot an innocent bystander on the North Western motorway.
Here's a sample of the nonsense:-
"With other homicides, the police establish who is responsible and lay charges. The courts decide whether or not the homicide was culpable - whether the person responsible is guilty of manslaughter or murder."
Weeeeell no. That's not actually how it goes.
The first thing the police do is establish whether there is a reasonable chance of a conviction - any conviction. THEN and ONLY THEN do they lay charges. The unknown Herald scribbler might not quite comprehend the possibility that, given all the circumstances, the Police consider a conviction, any conviction, unlikely in this particular case.
Does The Herald wants us to clog the already overloaded courts with prosecutions for every death which occurs? No matter what?
The answer probably is 'yes.' Then the Herald can print more anonymous opinion decrying the inadequacies of our justice system to deal with cases in a timely manner.
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