Thursday, March 08, 2007

Reasonable Force?

Just to prove that you don't need a taser to be accused of using excessive force, there's new video from the UK's BBC of a young woman being restrained by several police officers while another punches her repeatedly.

On the video, the police defend the actions as necessary, but it seems difficult to justify the blows when the woman seems pretty much immobilized.

This case becomes explosive because of race, gender and the presence of a camera.

Harriet Wistrich, a solicitor who has dealt with many cases of complaints of violence against the police. "It does happen. I have a number of female clients who have been assaulted by the police. It does seem to involve women from ethnic minorities."|Guardian|

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