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Guarding the guardians and a question of rights

After nine years, the Court of Session has confirmed what has long been apparent to those applying common sense to the issue of police complaints: it is not just for officers of a police force to investigate complaints agains members of the same force.
By allowing fellow Strathclyde Police officers to investigate a complaint of assault against their colleagues in 2004, Strathclyde Police breached the rights of the complainant Kevin Ruddy.
The case could have significant ramifications, especially in a context where around 800 complaints of assault are made against officers in Scotland every year, out of 4000 compaints in total.

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