Sunday, 13 November 2016

Eight rural forces continue to hood detainees

"Provincial police forces are under pressure to stop hooding detainees after it emerged that the practice has been used hundreds of times despite being banned by Britain’s biggest police forces."

"Official figures obtained by the Guardian show that spit hoods have been used 513 times since last year by a handful of provincial police forces."

"The practice of placing a tightly meshed hood over a suspect’s head has been criticised as breaching human rights law and investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission in at least two high-profile cases this year."

"Figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show that eight rural forces continue to use the practice including on children as young as 13 despite it not being sanctioned by police chiefs at the biggest forces, including the Metropolitan police, West Midlands police and Greater Manchester police."

"A 13-year-old schoolboy and a 14-year-old schoolgirl were among detainees hooded by police officers in Northamptonshire last year, the figures show, while a 70-year-old man was placed in a spit hood by North Wales police..."

"British Transport police have hooded detainees in 151 cases since June 2014, when the force authorised the practice."


"The force is under investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission after it used a spit hood on a young black man who was pinned to the floor by four officers at London Bridge station in July."

"Footage filmed by witnesses showed officers holding IK Aihie, 20, to the floor with his hands behind his back and a spit hood over his head.  His girlfriend, Jessica McConkey, can be seen in distress in the clip while others plead with the officers: `What the hell are you doing?` and `Stop that`."

"IPCC investigators met Aihie this month to confirm they had launched an investigation into his arrest on 21 July. Aihie said: `I hope there will now be a thorough investigation and I would ask any witnesses to my arrest to please contact the IPCC`."

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