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Plebgate meeting cops apology

West Midlands Police officers have said that they "did not plan to mislead anyone" over a meeting they held with Andrew Mitchell over claims he abused police. They also apologised for talking to the media after the meeting.

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Mitchell: Police 'misrepresented' plebgate meeting

Andrew Mitchell has said that three police officers requested a meeting in the wake of the plebgate scandal "under false pretences" before, "openly misrepresent the contents of that meeting."

I hope there will be considerable public concern that three Police Officers: Inspector Ken MacKaill, West Mercia Police, Detective Sergeant Stuart Hinton, Warwickshire Police, Sergeant Chris Jones, West Midlands Police were able to secure a meeting with a democratically elected Cabinet Minister under false pretences, openly misrepresent the contents of that meeting, and on the back of that misrepresentation call for his resignation at a press conference they had assembled for the purpose, and yet face no disciplinary consequences for their behaviour.

The Police Federation had requested a “private” meeting to “clear the air”. In fact, as the publicity from Gaunt Brothers PR Agency makes clear, they had issued a press release in advance, informing the press of the invitation and as the IPCC has found, leaking details of the venue. The meeting was demonstrably held under false pretences and its outcome, a call for my resignation, was almost certainly pre-determined. The inconvenient truth that I gave a full explanation of what happened was not allowed to get in the way of that agenda.

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