The Norfolk Constabulary has a curious notion of discipline for its officers. Acting Specials Chief Inspector Dean Saxton, 30, is accused of first causing a ruckus in a bar (or “public house”) and then returning a few days later to destroy the evidence of the controversy. The punishment for using official authority to destroy evidence of misconduct? Five days suspension.
Saxton reportedly was photographed in a “compromising position” with male friends and asked to leave the pub. He then returned the following week and demanded to see the security logs to, according to the police, “make sure the pub had no records of what he’d been up to.” The police insist that “[m]isusing your powers is a serious offense” . . . but it’s apparently not an offense with any serious punishment.
We have seen similar actions by American officers in destroying tapes in recent cases, here.
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