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 »

Spit Guards or Spit Hoods? Don’t Fall for the Spin

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor The Scene: a member of the Police Federation goes into a hardware store and approaches a sales assistant. Police Federation Member: Where can I find the earth moving implements? Sales Assistant: (Blank look) I’m sorry. What was that? Police Federation Member: Earth moving implements. You know, for moving earth in the… Read more »

How Can Police Justify the Use of a Spit Hood?

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor and Specialist in Civil Actions Against the Police In an embarrassing climb-down reported in The Independent this week the Metropolitan Police (the “Met”) suspended plans to trial spit hood masks after pressure from human rights campaigners. The news brought attention to the fact that spit hoods are presently used by forces… Read more »