Excellent post Emmet. You are correct that there was a ground swell of anger at how the PSNI brutalized an autistic child in his own home with a raiding team we'd expect to see kicking down the door of a leading drug lord in any normal society.
Let's not forget that the PSNI were never reformed as was claimed but were merely given new uniforms and a new name and still retained at its core the RUC.
Drew Harris who was formally with the RUC and had links to MI5 is a prime example of this.
For years we listened to the SDLP getting abuse for sitting on the policing boards, then those handing it out joined them with strong promises of holding the PSNI/RUC to account, even making claims of hiring and firing chief constables.
The fact is, this was all waffle to open the doors to joining the policing boards and in fact, ever since then neither the SDLP nor Sinn Féin have held any member of that force to account.
Clearly policing is geared towards harassing Republicans and their families at every opportunity. This makes a mockery of the claim to be a police service especially at a time when drugs are destroying lives and leading to increased criminality which is overlooked.
This is why it is a police force. In any normal society people would be taking to the streets in protest at the brutal treatment of children which is reminiscent of the RUC.
What I fail to understand is, why was this ground swell of anger undermined by the mad actions of hijacking and destroying the livelihoods of local men. This without doubt turned the anger towards Republicans, especially when it happened during John Hume's wake.
It gave the PSNI the propaganda they so badly needed and let the politicians off the hook over their silence regarding the brutal treatment of a child.
Did no one sit back and think this out? Did they not realise that burning vans which were not owned, as claimed, by multi-national companies but leased out by Derry men who have families to feed and mortgages to pay? Add to that the loss of income until the vans are replaced again.
Many people in this city are angry at the treatment of this child but now as many are angry at the destroying of livelihoods of local men.
Where does this leave Republicans in the future who need the support of the people?