Our thanks to B for this. A disabled man died as a result of being let down by two policewomen, and it seems their punishment was limited to being sacked, after being suspended for three years. From the article:
Mitigating on behalf of Leanne Winter, David Hughes added that his client was operating in extremely difficult circumstances and had to make tough decisions.
He added: “She has been gravely affected in the three years she has been suspended and having to deal with the consequences of what happened that night.
“There were systematic failings of the force. It would be a tragedy of justice if Leanne Winter were to lose her job and she does not deserve that.”
Speaking on behalf of Helen Harris, Raymond Tully said the 40-year-old had been suspended for the past three years after joining the force in 2002.
He said: “She found herself in an extremely trying and difficult situation. She was flawed but she was trying her very best.
“It occurred in circumstances where she was drawing towards the end of her shift.
“The final two hours were extremely difficult and testing. She had become extremely frustrated. She was feeling tired and let down. In these circumstances she lost it.”
Would any of these ‘mitigating circumstances’ have been employed by lawyers on behalf of male police officers? It’s very doubtful.