The Police Federation of England and Wales has criticised the "half-hearted apology" from the Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell for allegedly abusing a Downing Street police officer, saying it is "especially disappointing during this tragic week " of the deaths of two police officers:
“It is hard to fathom how someone who holds the police in such contempt could be allowed to hold a public office.
Mr Mitchell’s half-hearted apology for the comments made whilst leaving Downing Street will do little to build bridges with the police who feel they have once again been treated with a lack of respect and civility by members of this government.
The lack of regard that some within government appear to hold police officers in is especially disappointing during this tragic week for the service and does nothing for the rock bottom morale of officers in this country.
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