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The use of police as foot soldiers for insurance companies, Metgasco et al and the banks who finance them is detrimental to law and order which they have sworn to uphold. It is the equivalent of sending our military to unjust wars or our navy to send back the boats.

It is demoralising and leads to post-traumatic stress syndrome along with its generational fallout.

We tend to focus on the shortcomings of some members of the police force but, as members of community and as parents, many of them are obviously conflicted. It is unlikely that all of them are from the two to three per cent who support fracking. They are constrained by their oath of office to become enemies of the people who are, at considerable cost to themselves, upholding the democratic rights that they, the police and their families, enjoy.

The best we can do is to empathise with them in their struggles of conscience and give them the love and support that they need.

Jim Nutter, Main Arm

 


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