Judging by the various comments on the Twitter hashtag #Smellie I’m not the only one who is less than impressed with the not guilty verdict handed down by District Judge Daphne Wickham.
Quite what signal this sends to the Police I am not sure. Whatever it may be I doubt it’s a good one. It appears to legitimise coppers belting people with batons because that doesn’t count as assault. I know what signal it sends to the public: police can belt you with their batons and there isn’t a damn thing you can do about it because you don’t matter.