Responding to former Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill's comments in the Herald newspaper today, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie commented:
“I will never apologise for standing up for the police and police staff, against industrial scale stop and search, against them being put in roles they weren't trained for and against the target driven culture. It was totally unacceptable that serious changes to police firearms deployment were snuck past the SPA and that communities weren't told.
“Kenny MacAskill was responsible for all of this along with Chief Constable Stephen House, who he appointed.
“The timing of Kenny MacAskill’s criticism is astonishing as just this week Stephen House was accused of doctoring reports and erasing the concerns of officers and staff about the culture being imposed by his office.
“Kenny MacAskill spent his years as Justice Secretary causing chaos with the police and justice system. He has spent the years since defending that chaos. A period of quiet reflection would serve him and the country well.”