PC Bensusan admitted she did not know ‘fully’ what the criteria were, adding: ‘At the time I believed it was the correct thing to do.’
PC Saunders admitted she did not know the criteria for when to use a spit hood ‘without looking it up’ and said she did not see the kick her colleague alleged Miss Perry had landed on her.There's a surprise, eh?
A spokesman for Sussex Police said: ‘We did receive a formal complaint about this incident before the court hearing and now the criminal prosecution has finished we will be in touch with the complainant in order to fully look into the matter.
‘Spit hoods, which were introduced in Sussex Police in 2009, have been used 1,291 times. They form part of the personal protective equipment available to operational officers.
‘Spitting has potentially serious health risks for officers and the public and the hoods provide valuable protection.
‘Officers receive training and guidance in the use of spit hoods.’It's not very memorable then. But then, it seems no training or updated advice ever is, when you are a police officer...
Mr Anastasi said: “The police officers admitted they had no suspicions about us but “in this day and age, we have to ask anyone with a camera like yours what you’re up to, because of terrorism”.That'll be an interesting conversation with the training department, then.
A Hertfordshire Constabulary spokesman said: “We hope in those instances that the public understands our wider responsibility around protection and exercises patience while appropriate checks are completed and they can then go on their way.”Papiere, bitte!