Perhaps there shouldn't have been a charge to answer in the first place?
You have two choices; abide by the law, or don't. If you choose the latter it should be accepted and understood that you are waiving any rights that those of us who choose the former enjoy!
Live by the sword, die by the sword...
Not buying it - not for a New York minute.
The police are public servants, not overlords.
If a member of the general public would likely face prosecution for the same response (assuming accurate reporting / complaint of what happened), then the police should be just as accountable, if not more so.
Look at the Tomlinson case, and there's plenty of others - if the police are being given qualified and limited privilege of additional powers, in soceity, in order to do their duties, they should be just as accountable - well more so - than the general public, and yes, squeeky clean too.
Otherwise, you could easily see society descend to a scenario where they are just the puppets of political masters, or state-sponsored thugs...
edit: and just so as we're clear on this, my perspective, is not in sympathy for the spitter. My perspective is rejecting that coppers act like that, funded and provided, and given privilege by the public. If my many thousands of tax I pay per year, are providing for that, and they do so under the auspices of a democratically elected government (...), then I and plenty of others get a say in how they do so, and they bloody are accountable for their behaviour whilst on the clock. If they wanna be thugs, have a bit of attitude and slap people around a bit, then they should do what the rest of us have to - go get busted up in organised pugilism, rather than do so whilst on the job, being funded by thousands I chuck in to the pot every year.
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