Unionism and defence of PSNI actions

DUP Assembly member Jim Wells has came to the defence of the PSNI officer involved in the fatal shooting incident in Ballynahinch.

Involvement in the shooting is no doubt traumatic for all involved and recognising that trauma for the PSNI officer (scroll down) is reasonable but is pushing a version of events wise? There is an independent investigation underway and it should be allowed to run its course.

Wells seems to be displaying an Old Unionist attitude of a knee-jerk defence of the police. In a post-patten context why do some Unionists persist with such attitudes? The PSNI does not want any sort of “special” relationship with the Unionist community so why should Unionist representatives rush to give the PSNI political cover?