The previous post in this series looked at the issues that arose when the solicitors for the police force sent out a missive asking the police officers on the ground for their “comment and impression”. There was an immediate mixing of factual statements, comment and opinion which the police force then spent years trying to edit. Here I want to look in detail at the consequences of that initial decision to mix factual and opinion evidence.
THE DANGEROUS MIXING OF FACTS AND OPINION
The first task should have been to find out precisely what happened. Instead the police force received a maelstrom of views from the officers, many of them not at all favourable to the role that the police paid.
THE FIVE SIMPLE QUESTIONS THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ASKED
There were five simple questions that should have been asked and recorded.
The police officers should have been asked;
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