Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Ah yes, 'sensitivity' taken to the level of utter stupidity

When Tracy Ryan spotted a suspected burglar emerging from the dog sanctuary where she works, she thought she would have little problem pointing him out to police.

After all, he had a large port-wine stain on his face.

But when police set up an identity parade, they refused to take the man's distinctive birthmark into account - in case it infringed his human rights
What's that you say? Effing insane? Stupid?


An officer from the Nottinghamshire force explained that the mark was too rare to be included in a profile of the burglar when it was entered into a computer database.

It would leave only a small pool of potential suspects in the electronic ID parade, he said, breaking police rules.

Under laws designed to take into account 'the rights and freedoms of the public', witnesses must be shown a minimum of 12 photographs before they are allowed to identify a suspect
So screw having a positive identifying feature to narrow the possibilities, instead they use it to BROADEN the number of people she has to look at.

But wait! There's more!!
Mrs Ryan noted that, apart from his birthmark, the suspected culprit was tall and wore a white tracksuit. She also took his car registration number.

Police have subsequently made an arrest and Mrs Ryan is due to attend a second identification parade which will include the suspect, who is on bail.

He will be pictured alongside 11 people of a similar appearance. But if he has a birthmark, it will still be kept secret.

The suspected thief and the other participants will be made to cover one side of their face

The British justice system; broken beyond belief.


James R. Rummel said...

Very good post. Thank you kindly for bringing the news article to light.

Bram said...

Ha Ha, stupid Brits.

Keep electing socialist idiots, it's great entertainment for the rest of the world.

Windy Wilson said...

Gee, why not cover all his face?
I thought that having a distinguishing mark and being in the neighborhood and having one's car license plate taken down as that of a car leaving the scene would be enough? This is an attempt to get at the truth, not some game.
And I say that as a lawyer who wants the laws followed.

Firehand said...

Yeah, in most of the world where LE involves using some common sense, the more identifying a feature the better.

Sir Robert has probably given up on turning over at this point.

Keith said...

I have heard of cops advising people to go to certain dodgy pubs at certain times and ask for certain dodgy individuals.

The advice is, "it will cost you £X, but you won't get any more trouble from him after that"

I can quite see how a "private enterprise" alternative to the state monopoly could become quite appealing,
although the cost of pinning broken knees will fall to the national health service.