The Police are once again up against it. Following a heroic stand calming people intent on revenge during the riots in Birmingham by a father who had just lost his son to rioters, the Police mishandling of the episode led to the acquittal of those thought to be responsible.
The Police had behaved improperly, or it was 'discovered' that a Police Officer, now retired, had wrongly given people giving evidence that they would not be prosecuted.
This was fortunate as no serving Policeman could be charged with any misconduct although it seems extremely unlikely that only one Police Officer, now retired, could have taken the decision alone.
Intrepid crime correspondent, John Wrongdoer, questioned the Police about the episode. He was told that although the situation was regrettable there were some benefits resulting from the outcome.
Over burdened prisons would not have more people to lock up and all the difficulties of finding these individuals jobs when they became ex-prisoners were avoided.
Wrongdoer put it to the Police spokesperson that it was convenient for the Police to have an ex-Policeman as the sole 'offender'. He was told even if this was 'a convenient untruth' it suited the climate of justice that was changing on a global scale.
As the old adage goes: 'If you want to know the way around something ask a Policeman.'