A crowd gathers at the memorial to Hudson Brooks

LETTERS: Mistrust festers without answers

Re: Vigil to mark one year without answers, July 15.


Re: Vigil to mark one year without answers, July 15.

One year on from the tragic death of Hudson Brooks in our community, the events of that evening are no clearer, with no report issued by the Independent Investigations Office.

You kindly printed my prescient letter (Confidence in police at stake, July 29, 2015 letters), when I said that “it will be unacceptable for the IIO review to be protracted or vague.”

Twelve months on and the incapability of the IIO must be a cause of outrage to all citizens.

Unfortunately, my comment that “the IIO must make deliberation and restore public confidence” has been entirely unmet and the local mistrust remains and festers.

This is not a healthy or acceptable situation and it remains a much-debated topic in our community.

While uniformed officers have an increasingly difficult job to support the community, they are employed to assist those same people, who are increasingly doubtful of their abilities or integrity based on the events of the evening in question.

David Hutchinson, Surrey



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