Following up on an earlier post.
There's lots to know, but the shocking point for me is that 6 senior members of the force continued to cancel penalty points after being instructed that the practice was to stop!
Essentially, in a police force, where discipline and chain-of-command are supposed to be of importance, 6 senior officers decided that none of it counted when it came to sorting out their buddies.
Procedure should be minimised. Just sack them!
That we even have to consult the Minister for Justice is an unnecessary tedium.
It doesn't actually matter that they corruptly subverted the rule of law. They disobeyed orders. The hero in this story, Sergeant Maurice McCabe, had his life put under serious pressure (maybe nearly ruined, maybe actually ruined) for the sacrifice he made. He exposed corruption within his force after trying to follow the correct procedures. He was vilified in public and in parliament (his behaviour was described as "disgusting" by the then most senior member of hist force). These thugs2, however, just ignored their superior officers and went on and sorted their mates out.
It's actually hard for me to even accept that they deserve "due process".