The quote below is a couple of weeks old, but nothing sums up the IPCC more than its practice.
As an entity, it should not have survived the De Menezes affair in 2005. It then proved itself incapable of dealing with the killing of Ian Tomlinson in 2009. Come the shooting of Mark Duggan by the Metropolitan Police in August 2011 - hey what a surprise, the IPCC was in over its head. To know why, we should perhaps consider the quote below, from Andy Halliday, the team manager of the GB Men's Hockey team. Halliday was formerly a public order training and firearms training instructor with the Metropolitan Police, and was part of the team of officers who shot dead Jean Charles de Menezes at Stockwell tube station in 2005.
Profiled in The Sunday Times on 22 January 2012, Halliday said this:
"It seems extraordinary, looking back, that I had my interview with the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), where I expected a grilling for a number of hours on the Menezes case, on the same day in 2005 as I had my interview for the England hockey under-21 manager. I was in with the IPCC for about five minutes and I was with hockey for about an hour and a half thoroughly grilled by the performance director. "
So the IPCC spoke for just five minutes to an officer who entered the tube train where De Menezes were shot, and he faced tougher grilling for a job teaching jolly hockey sticks.
The IPCC should be abolished.