In the judgment of acquittal of Raffaele Sollecito and Amanda Knox from the charge of murder of Meredith Kercher, the Italian Supreme Court ruthless thrashed the investigators, describing their work as plainly incompetent.
The police trade unions did not reply. After all, in Italy the police is tasked with preventing crime, but the criminal investigations are – at least in theory – a responsibility of the District Attorney’s Office.
Anyway, it is a fact that so many investigations on important crimes (including terrorist attacks) by the Italian Authorities have led to nothing, their failure often being exposed only after innocent defendants had remained in jail for years.
For some reason, this did not shatter the reputation of the Italian police, which is generally loved and trusted by the public. More criticism is sometimes addressed to the prosecutors, which are accused of being politicized and too prone to building cases over the statements by unreliable turncoats.