UK Liberty

Some senior police voice opposition to 42 days

Posted in detention without charge, politicians on liberty by ukliberty on June 9, 2008

The Guardian:

Some of Britain’s most senior police officers have broken ranks with their colleagues to denounce government plans for detaining terrorism suspects for 42 days without charge, the Guardian can reveal.

As government whips intensify their efforts to avoid a defeat on the plan in the Commons on Wednesday, senior members of the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) have raised doubts about the measure. Their claims will come as a blow to the government, which has highlighted police support for the plans without making any reference to the presence of sceptics in senior ranks. …

Interesting:

Another chief constable told the Guardian that even among some officers who support the proposals there is “bemusement” that the government chose to put the issue back on the agenda: “The police service was not overtly asking for this, because it was such a damaging episode last time for the police’s reputation over 90 days when we seemed to have been dragged into politics.”

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