New British Police Guidelines
According to Theresa May, British Secretary of State for the Home Department, British police should be able to use stricter methods in suppressing rioters, and the authorities fully support any new standards, if the use of force is reasonable and within existing legal limits. Speaking in London before the press and police officers, May appealed to the governing bodies of the various police services with a request to develop new guidelines for operations, after the recent riots and looting in the streets of London and other British cities. Critics faulted the government for not allowing the police to contain the rioters in these altercations, as the police are “reluctant” to apply more stringent tactics without orders. May said, “According to past experience, we know that the police face charges of abuse if they use overly-harsh tactics, but they also face criticism if they’re perceived as too lenient”.
16 August 2011