UK police liability becoming a real thing

The Supreme Court, in Robinson v Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police [2018] UKSC 4, has declared that if “a third party such as a pedestrian is injured as a result of a negligent arrest on the street by a police officer, the police are liable in negligence where that injury was a reasonably foreseeable consequence of the police’s actions.”

Read more, here:
http://www.ukpolicelawblog.com/index.php/9-blog/163-an-assault-on-hill-police-liability-in-negligence-narrowed

It’s always annoyed me immensely that British police could almost never be held accountable for anything they did. It’s a recipe for carelessness, almost literally, when duty of care does not apply.

So I am pleased to see that a little bit more liability is finally appearing.

(I used to have an interesting in policing and the law a few years ago but local police officers weren’t very fond of that, I was made to understand, and I decided to drop it.)

2 thoughts on “UK police liability becoming a real thing

  1. An example of why this is high time:
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/child-protection-paedophiles-living-children-london-failings-metropolitan-police-90-investigations-a8222051.html?S2ref=549379

    In Britain, police officers have been above the law for a long time and they basically go around pestering citizens for fun. They are interested in investigating issues like money-laundering, but their level of understanding is mostly that of “Keystone Cops” and they do absolutely nothing for the rights of individuals. With a few worthwhile exceptions in the case of individual officers who buck the trend.

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