Politician's pro-police website criticised
A WEBSITE launched by Barnet and Camden London Assembly member Brian Coleman supporting police officers after the G20 demonstrations has been inundated with anti-police messages. The majority of posts on Cllr Coleman s Facebook site have attacked officer
A WEBSITE launched by Barnet and Camden London Assembly member Brian Coleman supporting police officers after the G20 demonstrations has been inundated with anti-police messages.
The majority of posts on Cllr Coleman's Facebook site have attacked officers' actions rather than providing the positive feedback the Tory politician wanted.
As he launched the site, Cllr Coleman, who also represents Totteridge on Barnet Council and is due to be made Barnet mayor next month, said: "The police do a very difficult job and get little thanks for it - even from areas where they should expect it.
"So I've decided to launch this site so that anyone who thinks the police are doing a good job can stand up and say so.
"It's also important for the police to see they have public support for the work they do."
The Commend a Copper site only has 10 comments since it launched last week and seven of them are negative.
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Cllr Coleman caused controversy in last week's Ham&High by claiming officers in the G20 protests had done a great job.
"The people of London have a huge debt of gratitude to the Met and the City of London police over what happened at the G20 summit," he said.
"We would have had a smashed -up city if they had not been there because all the usual troublemakers were there and they were not there for a Sunday school picnic."
However some comments on the website were derogatory and sarcastic about the police.
One person said: "I would also like to commend that great big sergeant who was brave enough to whack that dangerous looking Ms Fisher, all five feet of her.