05 Dec IPCC Complaint – Detective Inspector John Mazzolai Of Bury CID

—– Original Message —–

From: Peter Reynolds

Sent: Monday, December 05, 2011 2:07 PM

Subject: Complaint against Detective Inspector John Mazzolai, Bury CID

Dear Sirs,

I wish to make a complaint against Detective Inspector John Mazzolai of Bury CID concerning statements made by him and published in The Bury Times newspaper on 29th November 2011 and 1st December 2011. The articles in question are available online:

http://www.burytimes.co.uk/news/9389053.Cannabis_seized_in_Bury/

http://www.burytimes.co.uk/news/9395873.Huge_cannabis_farm_found_in_rented_home/

I make the complaint on my own account but also in my capacity as the Leader of Cannabis Law Reform (CLEAR), a UK political party, of P.O.Box 674, Salfords, Redhill, RH1 9BN. Thousands of the members of CLEAR need cannabis as medicine to treat conditions such as MS, Crohn’s disease, fibromyalgia and spinal injury. For the purposes of correspondence, please contact me via email.

As published in The Bury Times, Det. Insp. Mazzolai said: “Thanks to information we received from the public, we were able to prevent a significant amount of cannabis hitting the streets and causing misery in the community.”

This is a misleading statement which attempts to deceive the public:

a) that cannabis causes “misery in the community”

b) that Det. Insp. Mazzolai is an expert in the subject and the public can rely on the accuracy and veracity of what he says

c) into fear, consternation and hatred of cannabis users as a social group

In making this statement Det. Insp. Mazzolai has acted dishonestly, without integrity, fairness and impartiality. He has abused his authority by making a statement which is misleading but which, as a senior police officer, he knows that the public will believe without question. He has also acted in a way that discredits the police service and will undermine public confidence.

a) There is no evidence at all that cannabis causes “misery in the community”. On the contrary, there are now hundreds of peer reviewed, scientific studies that prove the efficacy of cannabis in relieving pain, suffering and disability caused by a wide range of conditions. There are thousands of people within the area of Bury who use cannabis to relieve such conditions. There may be misery caused in the community by the prohibition of cannabis and crime caused as a result but not by cannabis itself.

b) The public are likely to be deceived and misled by Det. Insp. Mazzolai’s words

c) The public are likely to be alarmed by Det. Insp. Mazzolai’s words which are clearly intended to cause fear, consternation and hatred of cannabis users as a social group

I accept that Det. Insp. Mazzolai has a duty to uphold the law as it presently stands, It is however entirely improper for him to engage in politics, scaremongering and propaganda.

I would be grateful if you would deal with this complaint at your earliest convenience. I shall be happy to provide any further information required or to give oral evidence in support.

Yours faithfully,

Peter Reynolds