1. Two PCSOs do nothing to prevent a boy drowning in a pond in Wigan. Senior officers say they acted correctly, in line with health and safety rules - though such rules are applied less fastidiously, it seems, when it comes to people dying in custody.
2. The Cambridgeshire police force that claims it can't afford to fight the rising crime caused by immigrants spent £500,000 on luxury cars for senior officers.
3. Home Secretary Jacqui Smith is refusing to cooperate with a US inquiry into corruption at BAe Systems.
There's a link here.
Let's say your Bayesian priors were Marxist-cum-public choice ones. The rule of law is a fiction which advances the interests of the powerful - hence the failure to investigate allegations against BAe. The notion that the police are public servants is also a lie, which serves to legitimate laws which repress ordinary people whilst allowing wrong-doing in boardrooms. In truth, the police are agents of the ruling class who aim to split the working class by stirring up racism whilst feathering their own nests.
Don't these stories strengthen these priors? What contrary evidence weakens them?