A Fair Cop

A Fair Cop

By Michael Bunting

  • Release Date : 2008-10-01
  • Genre : True Crime
  • FIle Size : 0.77 MB
Score: 4.5
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A Fair Cop The true story of a young police officer’s imprisonment for a crime he did not commit.

It was Michael Bunting's life ambition to follow in his father's footsteps and become a police officer. But six years after his family watch him pass out and begin his life's dream, he is serving a sentence for a crime he didn't commit. This is his story.

Beaten almost senseless as he tried to arrest a violent criminal, the 23-year-old PC was left with head injuries and blurred vision that took him months to recover from. Back at work he was astounded to learn that his attacker had filed a complaint against him and that the Police Discipline and Complaints Department were following up the allegation.

Two years later he was found guilty of common assault against his assailant and received a prison sentence that left him living his devastated life amongst the criminals he had previously sought to keep off the streets. Hard-hitting and at times heart-breaking the book is a graphic account of life behind bars for a policeman in one of England's hardest prisons.

An extract from A Fair Cop:
"The prisoner arrived once more with the trolley and placed the plate of food on to my hatch. 'Bunting,' he shouted pleasantly. I wasn't fooled. 'Thanks,' I said, as I walked across the cell to collect it. As I put my hand out to reach for the plate he snatched it away. He held it up to the hatch and peered through at me. 'PC Bunting, isn't it?' he asked, and then took a deep breath to muster as much saliva from the back of his throat as he could. With one swift movement he spat a big glob in to the middle of the food. The white phlegm floated around in brown gravy. 'Hey lads, I'm feeding the pig,' he said. With this, two other prisoners came to my cell hatch. They looked at me, sniggering. They then spat in my food too. The first prisoner put the plate on the hatch and gestured for me to come closer. 'You're in our territory now, you f***ing filth, and we're gonna f***ing carve you up.'

About the author

Following his prison sentence, Michael Bunting was dismissed from the police force. He now runs a successful sports injury clinic and is currently working as a lecturer for the company with which he trained upon his release from prison. He spent the first four years after his release writing A Fair Cop.


  • Superb read

    By Davies95
    A fantastic book, thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Highly recommended
  • A fair cop

    By Aaron22764
    An entertaining read and easy page turner. But it understandably details a very one sided, bias view of an otherwise interesting story. Leaves more questions than answers.
  • Gripping

    By Hyredf12zpo90
    Michael, what a great book. I can associate many of the things in this book. Armley is a truly horrible place, the building itself is imposing and the people in it, well. . . .! It's so pants that you weren't supported by the job when it came down to it. It's only getting worse again at the moment. Cost cutting! I heard about your book from the owner of my local garage when we were discussing running injuries. Read the intro and it's been the first FULL book I've read for years ( aside from educational). It should be given at BishopGarth as a reminder that things can and do go t!ts up, and that the system does get it wrong. Glad you found God and came back twice as strong.
  • A fair cop

    By Annann61
    I found this book heart wrenching. What that poor police officer had to endure for doing his job and trying to keep violent criminals off our street. The police force ought to be ashamed treating you like that. This should not happen.
  • Books ok nothing special

    By Forks 122
    I got beaten up by the police and the whole thing was covered up so I'm surprised by this book. Maybe he should have joined the freemasons then the police would have not nicked him. Oh well you can't go round kicking people in the head I guess
  • A Fair Cop

    By Geoff Duncker
    As an ex police officer I was drawn to this book for obvious reasons. Clearly taking the Authors view as 100% accurate is a little difficult without listening to or reading the evidence from other parties. However, you cannot have anything other than empathy for this man & his family who clearly have been to hell & back. He is an obvious example of "what doesn't break you makes you stronger" & I wish him all the best in his future career & personal life.
  • A fair cop

    By Laura-Donnan
    Fantastic book! Upsetting that a man enforcing laws against the criminals that cause so much misery could be locked up for protecting himself. Well done to Michael for overcoming this and staying so strong.
  • Fair Cop

    By robert cowley
    This should never have happened
  • Great book

    By Bigdazbo
    Having been to prison myself I can honestly say that those first 4-6 weeks are the worst by far and if they threw all crooks away for this time then released them you would see a major drop in reoffending. I'd like to think that if I'd had shared the jail with you I would of stood up for you as a human not a copper :-) all the best for the future
  • Great read

    By Bluebear2207
    Keeps you gripped and wanting to read more. There were times I couldn't put it down.