The Metropolitan Police Force have been considering establishing a trial of the use of Spit Hoods. The reason given is that some people who are being arrested spit or bite police officers and placing a Spit Hood would help prevent such action.
Logically, very few people would invite the imposition of a Spit Hood by the police. It follows, therefore, that considerable force would need to be used by the police to get a person they are arresting to wear the hood. Obviously, this raises human rights concerns
Martha Spurrier, Director of Liberty, has described: “A spit hood is a primitive, cruel and degrading tool that inspires fear and anguish,”
“Police have the power to use force against citizens when they have to – using handcuffs, arm restraints, leg restraints, pepper spray, batons.
“The suggestion that officers need to be able to cover people’s faces and heads is as far-fetched as it is frightening.
“Spit hoods belong in horror stories, not on the streets of a civilised society – we urge the Met Police to think again.”
Perhaps an alternative solution would be for the police to voluntary wear a protective hood that would shield them from any saliva?
See news story of Sussex Police use a Spit Hub on a disabled girl.