Do you remember the fuss about two Sussex Police officers taking a selfie at the scene of the Shoreham air-show crash and sending it to a colleague with the hash-tag – Human Barbeque?
- Read more: Cops who took video selfie captioned ‘human barbecue’ at scene of Shoreham Airshow disaster could be sacked – Mirror Online
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Why did Sussex Police make public a story which painted them in a bad light, when there was absolutely no reason for them to do so?
This is the pressing question in relation to the Shoreham air-show crash which has never been answered.
A few days after the Shoreham air-show crash in which 11 people lost their lives when a jet crashed into them while driving along the A27, the story broke that two probationary Sussex Police offices took a video selfie, labelled it ‘Human Barbecue’ and sent it privately by Snapchat to a colleague in Sussex Police.
We must remember that the beauty of snapchat is that the video or picture sent will be erased 10 seconds after the recipient had viewed it.
The then assistant Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney said the actions of the probationary officers “undoubtedly” caused distress to the victim’s families… Well if that’s the case; can’t it be argued that Sussex Police intentionally caused ‘distress’ to the victims families by publicizing the story?
The answer is obviously yes…
The unpleasant part of any police officer’s job is the picking up of human body parts following fatal accidents. Somebody has got to and it’s often tasked to police officers to do it. Gallow humour is a natural response to these events which allows police officers, ambulance staff, firemen and doctors to deal with unpleasant, serious and painful circumstances of their everyday jobs.
Often described as witticism in response to a hopeless situation, arising from stressful, traumatic and life-threatening situations; Gallow Humour helps to stop the people who deal with these circumstances from becoming shell-shocked by their experiences A level of detachment often occurs, as a defence mechanism to deal with the grotesque scenes they are called to attend.
Sussex Police should have responded in kind and dealt with the ‘human barbecue’ selfie in-house.
Where was their duty of care to their own probationary police officers?
There was absolutely no public interest in making the ‘human barbecue’ story known and any other police force would have dealt with the incident behind closed doors. The question which now needs to be answered is why did Sussex Police break the news themselves, which as a result, “undoubtedly” caused distressed to the victim’s families?
Putting yourself in the shoes of the family members of the victims, the last thing you would have wanted to read in your newspaper is that the police officers guarding the crash scene were taking morbid selfies of the body remains of your loved ones.
Sussex police have a duty of care to serve and protect the residents of Sussex. By releasing this story, (which would never have been made public by any other source), demonstrates at best an error of judgment by Sussex Police, and at worse, an exercise to deflect attention from something else.
Of-course, Olivia Pinkley, (now the first ever female Chief Constable of Hampshire), would have said that Sussex Police released the news to demonstrate their good governance in weeding out poor police officers. After-all, since the truth of the Hillsborough cover-up was made public, public opinion of police corruption is at an all-time low.
But still it doesn’t make sense to release a story, which did cause distress to the victim’s families, when if they dealt with it in-house, would never have been publicly known and wouldn’t have tarnished the reputation of Sussex Police.
Mystery has surrounded the Shoreham air-show crash after the pilot Andy Hill, miraculously survived the immense fireball that erupted once the jet hit the ground, without a scratch.
At first it was believed that a UFO may have caused the crash.
- Read more: UFO caused the Shoreham Air-show Crash
Then the nation’s most hated conspiracy theorist, Chris Spivey, implied the Shoreham air-show crash was a false flag event.
- Read more: The Shoreham Plane Crash: Part 1 by Chris Spivey
Then there was the news that Sussex Police appealed to the High Court for information held by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB), of which the request was rejected.
- Read more: Shoreham Air-Show cover-up? A special Report by Matt Taylor
This begs another pertinent question which isn’t being asked by the mainstream media.
Why is Sussex Police wasting tax-payers money to get information from the AAIB, before the AAIB have submitted their final report into the air-crash?
The issues around Sussex police taking the Ministry of Transport (to whom the AAIB report) to the High Court to secure the cockpit video footage seems to be an abuse of that power since the AAIB first have to produce their final report on the crash as to the causes and range of factors which caused it.
- AAIB investigation to Hawker Hunter T7. G-BXFI – Special Bulletin S4/2015 Air Accidents Investigation Branch report – GOV.UK
- AAIB investigation to Hawker Hunter T7, G-BXFI – Special Bulletin S1/2016 Air Accidents Investigation Branch report – GOV.UK
- AAIB investigation to Hawker Hunter T7, G-BXFI Air Accidents Investigation Branch report – GOV.UK
Surely before this happens, the police cannot take a view as to whether there is any grounds to pursue a manslaughter charge against the pilot Andy Hill.
As it stands now there are two parallel enquiries being undertaken at the same time:
- The AAIB conducting their own investigation to work out the cause and make recommendations for air and public safety, and
- The police trying to pursue a manslaughter charge
There is clearly a conflict of interest which could have repercussions to the AAIB making recommendations to support the police and an action against the pilot.
Sussex Police are up to something… Up to something sinister and dangerous. They’ve taken steps to make us look left, while they do something on the right.
This isn’t the first time Sussex Police have been exposed of dealing in skullduggery.
- Police kept ignorant of dangers at Grand Hotel bomb blast scene
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