RE: Since you seem to know ...
"......I'm watching the TV at the moment, and watching police impeding a lawful demonstration using atrocious tactics...." Really? Please, give us some details on those "atrocious tactics". Did the Polcie bring icepicks, chilli powder and marbles like your mate JaitcH suggested? Are they standing on rooftops and throwing fire extinguishers at the protestors? Letting off smoke flares, smashing windows and illegally entering property? Or are they just using their legal powers to stop unruly demonstartions running out of control? I'm betting on the latter.
"....Also, until police officers stand in the dock for the deaths of Jean-Charles de Menezes...." IPCC and public inquiries already held, officers that shot him were using justifiable force as the briefing given to them was that he was a suicide bomber and posed a deadly threat to the general public. Seeing as the public inquiry was on TV news, in the papers and online for weeks, I must assume your head was too far up your rectum to note the outcome.
".....Mark Saunders....." Already covered this one in a previous thread. Mr Saunders, supposedly an educated and intelligent man, got drunk and started firing a shotgun (into a neighbouring child's bedroom to be precise, and then later in the direction of armed Police) - none of which strikes me as a smart man's plan for a happy life. He was finally shot when he deliberately levelled his weapon at armed Police. Don't believe me then check the BBC timeline of events here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-11479669
".....Raul Moat...." Oh come on, you must be getting desperate if you expect any sympathy for a violent criminal like Raoul Moat! Did you forget he shot three people right after being released from prison (including a traffic cop), had threatened to shoot any copper that got in his way, are you surprised his life came to a violent end? He went away for beating up on a nine-year-old! But what makes your high-minded indignation even funnier is Moat actually ended it all by shooting himself.
".....Ian Tomlinson...." Now you actually come up with something interesting, but not for the reasons you think. The copper I discussed the case with thinks PC Simon Harwood should have been charged with at least common assault immediately, but the delay due to the CPS having to look at a possible murder charge and the second and third post mortems meant the six-month deadline for an assault charge passed. As it is, Harwood still faces a disciplinary hearing in front of a QC, which means that if sufficient evidence is presented the QC can open a new murder prosecution, so maybe Hrawood will go down after all.
"....Defence solicitors *should* be with their clients first..." Not arguing that at all, but you obviously don't recall the fact that solicitors and barristers are charged with upholding the law as well as part of their license. Instead, lawyers nowadays just seem intent on getting their client off by any means they can think of, with zero interest in whether they are actually guilty of a crime. I have spoken to solictors that admit they will advise a client caught drunk driving not to give a breath or blood sample, as the charge for refusing is a lot less than the one for drink driving, especially if they've been in an accident, and the CPS have very little chance of a conviction without the sample. If you ask the lawyers how they feel about that they always come back with practiced little lines about how everyone is entitled to a defence.
"....just about the worst thing that can happen in a society...." Hmmm, I would suggest you talk to some of the victims of criminals that have escaped justice due to legal weasels, they might have a different opinion to your claptrap.
"....Oh, and you should probably know that this within my area of expertise , both research and teaching...." Oh dear then, I don't hold out much hope for your students! Best hope they too can get cushie teaching jobs in other scholastic ivory towers, far from reality, and then you can all have late evening chats about "come the revolution", ey? Gawd forbid they might have to step out into the real World!
".....around here, if it wasn't for the fact that a crime number is required for an insurance claim...." I suggest you take that up with the insurance companies as insurance claims and processes are not the Police's responsibility.
"....the hysterical family across the road...." So, in your area, "nobody trusts the police" unless they are "hysterical"?
".....I'm all for different views, but when they are willfully outside observable proof, it is just religion or delusion." So let's have some "observable proof", some real evidence, of all these great wrongs done unto you by the horrid coppers! Go on, enlighten us! I'm betting you're one of those twits that got themselves a criminal record during some stupid student protest years ago and have carried a grudge against the coppers ever since, blaming them for the results of your own idiocy. I just bet you think Edward Woollard is a "hero" on par with the Tolpuddle Martyrs. Id' think he was even one of your poor students, only I don't think even Anglia Ruskin would be scraping the barrel low enough to employ someone like yourself.