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Hooding the Horrible? Spit Hoods, Reasonable Force and Human Rights

It was recently announced that spit hoods - meshed sacks placed over the heads of people that have spat at police officers - will be issued to frontline police officers. However, these hoods have important human rights implications and potentially deadly consequences.

12:00, 26th March 2019
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Assaults on Emergency Workers: Protecting the Protectors or an Empty Promise?

Parliament recently passed the Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act 2018 in an attempt to 'protect the protectors' by ensuring those that assault emergency workers receive double sentences. However, does this actually make any difference or is it simply a hollow policy?

12:00, 29th January 2019
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The Matrix Has You: Stop and Search in the Age of ‘Intelligence Policing’

The Gang Matrix is an online database used by the police to document and track gang members. However, recent reports from StopWatch and Amnesty International raise concerns about the database's legitimacy. This has a number of implications, in particular for racial targeting and individual privacy

11:00, 26th October 2018
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Placing Secure Schools on Unsecure Footing: The Case Against Privatisation

The introduction of Secure Schools to deal with youth offenders is a welcome development. However, the government's proposal to outsource the provision of these schools undermines their benefits.

11:00, 28th September 2018
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Commissioner v DSD: Sending Police Liability into Uncharted Waters

A recent Supreme Court judgment represents a major expansion in the extent of police liability under the Human Rights Act 1998. Though the decision on the facts was unanimous, disputes between the judges as to the correct size of the expansion raises concerns over the impact of the decision.

11:00, 27th March 2018
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The Robinson Case: Arresting Misconceptions about Police Negligence Liability

The law surrounding negligence has been labouring under two misconceptions according to the Supreme Court in a recent decision concerning the liability of police for the tort. This may be true, but after examining the origins of these misconceptions, it is easy to see how they were arrived at.

12:00, 20th March 2018
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Stop & Search: Fundamentally Flawed or Institutionally Racist?

Police 'stop and search' powers are prone to criticism, with the latest case coming to a head in the Court of Appeal in February. However, on what grounds are these powers criticised? Is the law itself at fault by being too draconian, or is it police conduct that brings the bad name to the table?

11:38, 8th April 2014
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