I might be wrong but I think this is the first time the police have accidentally killed a civilian; the fact that they came clean about it so quickly when they could have spent a few weeks dissembling or simply falsified the evidence and blamed the subject of the pursuit actually does a lot to restore my confidence in the force.
The TV coverage was pretty creepy; the journos were all high on adrenalin and – with the exception of Lisa Owen – unable to hide their glee at having such a great story land on their laps during a serious news drought.
Even more horrible was Greg O’Connors performance; a demented rant about how the Police had a difficult job and had done no wrong. They killed a guy! I realise O’Connor’s audience are the members of his union and not the general public but I suspect a lot of cops who watched that also felt pretty sick. The guy has no perspective and only serves to make the police look arrogant and cruel. It would be hard for them to find a worse spokesperson.