Class War Issue 823
Two HospitalisedCoppers For ThePrice Of One!
If They Had Brains They WouldBe Dangerous!
Welcome to the easiest column to writein the whole paper, our regular round upof police intelligence!
City of London Police
Let’s start with the lions of J18, CityPolice. Our commiseration’s go out toPC Norman Ladzrie, who is suing hisformer employers after an unfortunateincident on a self-defence course. Whilstwell trained in the art of defence againstknife attacks, PC Ladzrie was not soaccustomed to having a 17 stoneinstructor fall on him whilst armed with arubber knife, and has been invalided outof the force with spinal injuries. Lookslike we will all have to fatten up a bit intheir act together. What better way toreport the scenes after officers in twopatrol cars opened fire on each other whilst searching for a stolen patrol car.Only after 20 rounds had been fired didthey stop. Now that’s what we call friendlyfire!
Proof that it is tough at the top comesfrom
Sussex where the race to replacedisgraced Chief Constable PaulWhitehouse has got off to a somewhatsluggish start. Despite offering £105,000per annum only one officer returned acompleted application form to replace thetrigger happy Mr Whitehouse. As 16
"Piss off, copper"...
time for the next May Daydemonstrations.
After a hard day shuffling paper in theoffice what better for a senior policeoffice to do than pursue his hobby. Oneperson who pursues his hobby withvigour is Chief Inspector Robin Lumsden,who is well known in Fife for havingpublished 14 books on Nazi uniforms andregalia. Before slipping out of oneuniform and into another, CI Lumsdencan be spotted driving home with his ownpersonalised number plate on his car -N5DAP - about as close as you can getto the initials of Hitler’s party the NSDAP.Could we invite CI Lumsden to follow hishero all the way by hiding in the coalbunker for a few weeks before blowinghis brains out?
British Transport Police
We were sorry to read of theprosecution of Inspector Stephen Craske,head of the Criminal Justice Unit of theBTP. Upon being handed over 700 fileson London Underground fare dodgers,Inspector Jaske was allegedly heard toannounce
“What’s this crap and how dowe get rid of it?”
Mr Craske admitted ripping up 727 filespassed to him by London Undergroundrevenue protection officers, but denied acharge of perverting the course of jus-tice. Well done Mr Jaske!
Following their humiliation at 1999’santi-capitalist protest, we are pleased toreport that Seattle police have now gotforms had been sent to senior policeofficers who had expressed an interest,this leads to the obvious conclusion that15 out of the 16 changed their minds. Or alternatively that they could not fill out theform. We know which we suspect.
Congratulations to the bank robbers inThame who before attempting to drag acash machine from the HSBC, took theprecaution of locking the gates of thelocal police station. It was over an hour before Thames Valley’s finest escapedfrom their own station, prompting a“security review” to prevent futurereoccurrences. Perhaps next time theycould use the large wooden thing in themiddle of the wall that opens outwards?Finally, we return across the Atlantic for our winner this issue
You could not makeup the
organisation formed by
Officer Jack McLamb
Police AgainstThe New World Order.
could bespotted in Jon Ronson’s Channel 4series “
” and also in The Universityof East Anglia’s book on the US militiamovement
“Homegrown Revolutionaries: An American Militia Reader”.
The basic grist of PANW’s gripe appearsto be that the police should not be goinground shooting militia members,confiscating guns or burning to deathmembers of religious cults. We couldpossibly recognise this position asprincipled if the US police had not done just that to groups like the Black Panthers,the American Indian Movement or goingfurther back the American Anarchistmovement. Either way, if there is a newworld order Mr Lamb, you and your members appear to be very much part of it!
I Could N’t
In yet another vain attempt to increaserecruitment to the police, variouscelebrities and sports stars have beenrecruited to the televised “I Could N’t”adverts. When it comes to police careers,its not surprising that the cops prefer toturn to celebrities rather than theexamples provided by their own officers.Whilst media attention was focused onthe plight of the anti-capitalistdemonstrators returning from Genoa, theDaily Mail (!) published video stillsshowing police brutality alive and kickingin Wakefield, Yorkshire, after a localresident filmed a police officer kickingand punching a man before arresting him.The class war does not just happen atevery summit of world leaders and their authoritarian travelling circus. The enemyis with us every breathing day, and a lotcloser to home than Genoa! Class War is pleased to report that the clobberingbobby of Clavendon Street has beenmoved to a safe house after some classconscious soul with a strong sense of justice smashed the windows on hishouse!
Not So Canny
Our favourite poster of the 2001 electionhas to be the Conservative’s “You PaidThe Tax - Where Are The Police?” InLiverpool, not an area the Tories knowwell, this was placed in a prominentlocation where it could be seen in all itssplendour by thousands of people everyday - directly opposite MerseysideConstabulary Headquarters in CanningPlace. As the building is only eightstorey’s high, it was perhaps easy for the Tories to miss!
Anyone wondering whether racism servedany ideological purpose for thechampions of capital in our “globalised”world should have been left in little doubtafter the farce of the UN worldconference on racism. The idea of theconference was, straightforwardly, todeliver a bland statement, agreed by allparticipating states, to the effect thatracism was an “evil” which all “worldleaders” unequivocally denounced.Logically, therefore, racism would nolonger be the property of those “worldleaders” - all now self-declared antiracists - but only now the currency of athuggish minority outside the ambit of “civil society”. The problem for the UNthough was, that, come the day, thereliance of the major players upon either direct oppression or racist manipulationto secure their rule was such that thedeclaration was effectively scuppered.The European states would not play ballif Zionism was equated with racism.India too if casteism was so compared.The US would allow no discussion of reparations for US profit from slavery.China would allow no discussion of itsrole in Tibet. The “rainbow coalition”collapsed.
In Class War 81 we reviewed the excel-lent
Coal Was Our Life
by Royce Turner.We should have said that the book is pub-lished by Sheffield Hallam University NOTSheffield University Press. Whoops.
Now that’s what we call a glorioustwelfth!
This issues first hospitalised cop-per comes from across the water in NorthBelfast. Rioting flared against the RUC inRepublican areas after the usual loyalistmarches on July 12th, and this little piggiewalked head first into a rock. Talk aboutsleeping on the job!Our second bloodied bobby is PC JohnTait who get a broken nose, black eyeand smashed teeth in Glsagow, after police evicted protestors from theGovanhill baths. Police took control of thebaths after a 141 day protest by localcampaigners trying to keep it open. PCTait described the violence as the worsthe had seen in 23 years as a policeman.Lets hope he does not have to waitanother 23 years to see its like again!
“All the police, armies, secret services, prisons and executions in the world cannot buck a market where the tax free profit on a kilo of cocaine is 20,000%”
at a debate ondrugs at the Sunday Times Hay festivalin May. In each of the tree years the drugsczar Keith Helliwell has been in office thestreet prices of all drugs has fallen!
“ They (the BNP) are a democratic party and in that regard they have my sympathy. The two parties are almost the same in terms of long-term plans.In terms of manifestos of the Tories and the BNP, you can hardly tell thedifference”
, sacked Conservativeactivist and father of BNP leader NickGriffin, in The Times (24th August 2001)