Sussex police are finally to apologise to the mother of a disabled 11 year-old girl four years after her daughter was restrained in a spit hood but are refusing to rule out using the controversial technique on children again.Quite right, too. Has this woman no flicker of shame? She's the one who called the police in the first place!
Matt Webb, chairman of the local branch of the Police Federation, representing rank and file officers, also defended their use to protect his members from illness.
He said: “It is absolutely unacceptable to have the view that an officer should allow themselves to be spat at by a member of the public no matter what their age and mental capacity.
“It is a vile and disgusting form of assault and any force that fails to provide spit hoods to officers is, in our view, neglecting their duty of care to officers.
“I don’t see it makes any difference whether it is a child spitting at me or an adult, the potential is still exactly the same in regard to the risk to an officer or an individual.”Good for you, Matt. Pity the top brass don't have the balls to tell this inadequate parent just where to go.
And that they won't be turning up the next time her brat kicks off, unless an innocent member of the public is threatened.