Saturday, 21 January 2012

GUEST POST - MICHAEL BUNTING - A FAIR COP

With special thanks to Dave Hasney over at Bankside Babble for his book review. I uploaded the book today and couldn't put it down until I'd read the last word. Any serving, retired or former police officer that reads this book must surely think "There but for the grace of God Go I ... "




The true story of a young police officer’s imprisonment for a crime he did not commit. It was Michael Bunting's life ambition to follow in his father's footsteps and become a police officer. But six years after his family watch him pass out and begin his life's dream, he is serving a sentence for a crime he didn't commit. This is his story.


Beaten almost senseless as he tried to arrest a violent criminal, the 23-year-old PC was left with head injuries and blurred vision that took him months to recover from. Back at work he was astounded to learn that his attacker had filed a complaint against him and that the Police Discipline and Complaints Department were following up the allegation.


Two years later he was found guilty of common assault against his assailant and received a prison sentence that left him living his devastated life amongst the criminals he had previously sought to keep off the streets. Hard-hitting and at times heart-breaking the book is a graphic account of life behind bars for a policeman in one of England's hardest prisons.


An extract from A Fair Cop:"The prisoner arrived once more with the trolley and placed the plate of food on to my hatch. 'Bunting,' he shouted pleasantly. I wasn't fooled. 'Thanks,' I said, as I walked across the cell to collect it. As I put my hand out to reach for the plate he snatched it away. He held it up to the hatch and peered through at me. 'PC Bunting, isn't it?' he asked, and then took a deep breath to muster as much saliva from the back of his throat as he could. With one swift movement he spat a big glob in to the middle of the food. The white phlegm floated around in brown gravy. 'Hey lads, I'm feeding the pig,' he said. With this, two other prisoners came to my cell hatch. They looked at me, sniggering. They then spat in my food too. The first prisoner put the plate on the hatch and gestured for me to come closer. 'You're in our territory now, you f***ing filth, and we're gonna f***ing carve you up.'




Following his prison sentence, Michael Bunting was dismissed from the police force. He now runs a successful sports injury clinic and is currently working as a lecturer for the company with which he trained upon his release from prison. He spent the first four years after his release writing A Fair Cop.


Visit Michaels website at http://www.afaircop.co.uk/ His blog link now appears in our favourite police blog links to the right of this page.

4 comments:

allcoppedout said...

Bunting's case is one of many that expose how arbitrary our legal system is and why police officers are 'rightly paranoid' about complaints. If a police officer confronts this type of unfairness what fate awaits the rest of us? How did this conviction get through when far more serious ones are suppressed? Why any need for a criminal conviction here, let alone 4 months? The list of agonising questions is probably longer than Michael's book.

Michael said...

Many thanks for this. I have just completed the first draft manuscript of book two, The Dark Side. I hope at least some of these questions will be answered then.

Mortons Solicitors said...

From the other side of the legal profession it will be an interesting read see it through an officers eyes being falsely accused.

Look forward to reading it.

Ade said...

I believe what's going on is known as Cultural Marxism, where society is being made to collapse by 'Termites' nibbling away at the foundations of our society, homogeneity, christianity, the family, the rule of law, imposed diversity etc etc.
http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=cultural+marxism

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