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The Sheriff and Outlaw

Anger as sheriff jails man who threatened drug dealer and destroyed heroin stash - Scotsman.com News
Peter Drummond, 26, took the law into his own hands after his brother-in-law became addicted to the drug.
He went to the home of John Nellies and berated him for causing misery to families before flushing five bags of heroin down the toilet, Perth Sheriff Court was told.
Drummond, who was reported to the police by one of Nellies' customers, shook his head in disbelief as he was jailed for two months by Sheriff Robert McCreadie....
But Sheriff McCreadie ignored the plea and told Drummond he should have contacted the police. "You can't take matters into your own hands the way you did," he said.

Obviously The Sheriff doesn't subscribe to Peelian Principles
Police, at all times, should maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.

Law and order has become a state monopoly...

Comments

Yes, we, the law-abiding, are supposed to not take the law into our own hands.

Our paid employees, the police, fail to do so.

Whose hands, then, is the law in ?

Give you three guesses.

Is there an email address we can write to, to tell this Sheriff what we think of him ?

Alan Douglas

Well... Breaking and entering, oral and physical threats, theft...

Yes, I sympathise with the man. And yes, I think the sentence may have been a bit much if it means actual incarceration vs probation. And to be sure, I doubt reporting drug activity to the Police would be enough for what used to be a force of "Bobbies" to act - even to the extent of collecting more evidence - so there may have been no other effective recourse.

Sometimes breaking the law is necessary, but one should expect some consequences.

Or as Mr du Toit would put it: "Why shouldn't we take the law into our own hands? It is OUR law."

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