A London policeman who attempted to blackmail sex offenders and drug dealers has been jailed for six years.
PC Amerdeep Singh Johal, 29, was arrested by anti-corruption cops from Scotland Yard in July 2007. Johal was employed in checking names and address on the police database, called Crimint, on behalf of beat cops.
He abused the role to contact 11 convicted offenders and threaten to spill the beans on their crimes unless he was given "hush money". Johal requested between £29,000 and £31,000 for his silence, threatening to tell work colleagues or neighbours of convicted sex offenders about their crimes. In one instance Johal demanded £89,000 as a "goodwill gesture".
Nice. And only six years? I tend to think that public servants who abuse their powers of access should be given double the normal sentence, at least. Actually, fuck it: lock them up and then throw away the key, pour encourager les autres.
These cases come around with frightening regularity and yet there are still morons who would be happy to see everyone in the country logged onto a database.
As Harry Haddock points out,
No database state. Elected police chiefs. Vote LPUK.
Or, of course, you can keep on repeating that mantra: "if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear." Hey, maybe one day, you'll believe it.
You fucking moron.