Are the po­lice act­ing with too much force?

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PO­LICe have to deal with vi­o­lent in­ci­dents ev­ery day and they are duty-bound to en­sure the safety of the pub­lic, vic­tims, fel­low of­fi­cers and the ar­rested per­son. Some of those ar­rested are suf­fer­ing from some form of ill­ness and many may be vi­o­lent be­cause of drugs or drink, or just be­cause they want to hurt po­lice of­fi­cers. In the mid­dle of the vi­o­lent be­hav­iour, of­fi­cers must act quickly to re­strain the of­fender. Al­though trained in emer­gency life sup­port, po­lice of­fi­cers are not doc­tors or psy­chi­a­trists. If ev­ery time a fatal­ity un­for­tu­nately oc­curred the fig­ures for suc­cess­ful re­straints were also shown, peo­ple would see that things go wrong in a very small per­cent­age of cases. Po­lice of­fi­cers do a dif­fi­cult job — leave them alone to get on with it. PAUL MOR­LEY, Skip­ton, North Yorks. IN RE­CENT years, many have ques­tioned the ac­count­abil­ity of po­lice firearms use. And the same con­cern ap­plies to the treat­ment in po­lice sta­tions of the men­tally ill, such as Thomas Or­chard (Mail). If the three of­fi­cers in his case did ‘do it by the book’, then the au­thor of that book should have been in the dock. That way, Thomas’s par­ents, Ken and Ali­son Or­chard, wouldn’t be added to the list of peo­ple who have no sense of jus­tice from the le­gal pro­cesses that fol­lowed their be­reave­ment. NIK WOOD, London E9.

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