The Magistrate's Blog (2005-2012)

This blog has migrated to www.magistratesblog.blogspot.co.uk This blog is anonymous, and Bystander's views are his and his alone. Where his views differ from the letter of the law, he will enforce the letter of the law because that is what he has sworn to do. If you think that you can identify a particular case from one of the posts you are wrong. Enough facts are changed to preserve the truth of the tale but to disguise its exact source.

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The blog is written by a retired JP, with over 30 years' experience on the Bench.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

More Police Brutality

To the English language, that is.

The latest atrocity came during a trial when a PC was giving evidence of an attempt to handcuff the suspect, who was struggling wildly. We heard that the PC struck the suspect's leg with his knee, in "a technique that we are taught to disfunction him".

Call me Mr. Picky, but I couldn't let him get away with such a dreadful example of inappropriate verbing.

I shall put 'disfunction' into the Hall of Shame along with 'forensicate' and 'custodise'.