Why Facial Recognition Technology is Another Home Office Failure

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor Last week I asked why the Home Office was ignoring spit hoods, allowing individual police forces to roll them out on a piecemeal basis. (TL;DR it’s inexcusable, and people are being injured, or worse, as a result.) Another issue the government seems unwilling, or unable, to deal with is Facial Recognition… Read more »

Why is the Government’s CAST Department Ignoring Spit Hoods?

CAUTION: THIS BLOG POST CONTAINS COARSE LANGUAGE By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor I was recently interviewed on BBC Radio Leeds about West Yorkshire Police’s roll out of spit hoods to front-line officers. You can listen to the interview on BBC iPlayer (fast forward through to 2 hours 6 minutes 50 seconds) or hear it below: Before… Read more »

Why Did the Boys in Blue Turn into the Boys in Black? (Part 3)

What are the consequences of police militarisation?   By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor This is Part 3 in a 3-part blog. Read Part 1 and Part 2 by clicking on the links. Ask a police officer what they have in common with solicitors and they may answer, “not a lot”. But they do. Both have a… Read more »

Why Did the Boys in Blue Turn into the Boys in Black? (Part 2)

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor Why did the police become militarised? Last week I described how the police have become militarised in the UK. Contrary to (then Home Secretary) Theresa May’s claim, they now “hide behind military style equipment”. But how, and why, did this happen? To answer that question, we need to look at a… Read more »

Why did the Boys in Blue Turn into the Boys in Black? (Part 1)

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor   “our police have never, and will never, routinely carry guns or hide behind military style equipment.” The Rt Hon Theresa May MP, speaking on 23 July 2015 “Home secretary authorises Taser X2 for police in England and Wales despite concerns over deaths and serious injuries” The Guardian, 2 March 2017… Read more »

3 Ways the Police Could Improve Their Body Worn Cameras Policy

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor A University of Cambridge study confirmed that, where police body worn cameras are used appropriately, the number of complaints against police officers by members of the public reduced by 93%. Despite this remarkable statistic, current police policy towards body cameras means that, UK-wide, police complaints are unlikely to be reduced so… Read more »

Will Police Take Complaints Seriously With Theresa May in No.10?

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor Today, after an unprecedented few weeks in politics, Home Secretary Theresa May becomes Prime Minister. Her public criticism of the police, especially in a scathing speech to the Police Federation in 2014 in which she said some officers displayed “contempt for the public”, raised hopes that this would lead to a… Read more »

Do Taser Assault Victims Suffer Miscarriages of Justice?

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor A recent study in America suggests that Taser “stun-guns” cause short-term dementia-like effects in victims. This raises questions about their use and, in particular, whether miscarriages of justice occur when the police question suspects shortly after using the weapons. Independent Taser Study The study, reported by Drexel University, and funded by the… Read more »

Can I Claim Compensation for a Mistaken Identity Arrest?

  By Daniel Fitzsimmons, GCILEx In the past couple of weeks, I have taken on three new clients who want to pursue actions against the police after a mistaken identity arrest. All three men have suffered mentally and physically due to the incompetence of the police. This is why I believe they should be compensated…. Read more »

How Police Taser Use is Failing Us All

Is the current police taser policy working? A few recent reports about the police’s use of tasers in the UK suggest not. By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor In 2013, police tasers were deployed 10,380 times across England and Wales. The weapons, which discharge an electrical charge said to be 50,000 volts, cause temporary paralysis. As a… Read more »