A decision to extend a trial use of spit hoods to all police custody centres across London has been labelled “primitive” and “extreme” by a human rights charity.And 'It's about bloody time' by everyone else.
The force said it consulted with “partner organisations, community representatives, independent groups and magistrates” before taking the decision.
But human rights charity Liberty accused the police of trying to “quietly” implement the hood “with no public debate and no published evaluation”.The public don't care, frankly. They don't like getting spat at, so they totally understand the need for the police to protect themselves.
The mesh hoods are put over the heads of detainees who are considered at risk of spitting at officers and possible passing on contagious infections.See..? It's that 'elf & safety, Liberty, innit? What are you gonna do?
Martha Spurrier, Director of Liberty, said: “The police do an important job, which is why they are able to use necessary and proportionate force.
“Spit hoods are neither – they are primitive, cruel and dangerous.
“There have been far too many cases of their use against children and disabled adults, causing huge fear, humiliation and even suffocation...”Who, in the UK, has ever suffocated in one of these things?