Police bosses and top cops from around the country have hit back at Liberty following a tweet they published about police use of force during the lockdown.
Responding to a tweet published by Sky News regarding the new lockdown measures, @LibertyHQ tweeted:
“First lockdown saw police use of force skyrocket, officers patrolling supermarket aisles, drones inspecting parks and homeless people fined for being outside”.
Responding to the tweet, a representative for the National Police Chiefs Council said:
“Police have played their part in the national effort against covid and have helped the public comply by explaining, encouraging and only enforcing as a last resort.
“We’ll continue with that proportionate approach as new regulations come in”.
The boss of the National Crime Agency, Lynne Owens, tweeted:
“At a time of national crisis, it’s important that accountability is informed by facts not exaggeration.
“As the country locks down again Police & other law enforcement officers will be out keeping us safe whilst putting themselves at risk – they deserve better than this”.
During the initial lockdown, assaults on emergency services & NHS personnel were primarily reported by the respective services as increasing.
Also responding to the tweet published by Liberty was former police officer and policing analyst, Graham Wettone who said:
“Stop scaremongering – they were not patrolling supermarket aisles – the suggestion was it COULD happen.
“Please qualify the use of force skyrocketing?
“The guidelines were confusing at the start – if people follow the law they are not criminalised”.
It is not clear where Liberty has obtained the data behind the accusation that police use of force during the lockdown has ‘skyrocketed’.
The Chief Constable of Staffordshire Police, Gareth Morgan, also responded to the tweet by saying:
“Poppycock, piffle & pathetic…given the events being faced & the sacrifices made this is a time for considered debate & constructive challenge, not headline-grabbing grandstanding.
“You’re better than this”.
In the last 12 months alone, there have been eight arrests for the attempted murder of police officers.
Police officers have been routinely coming under attack for enforcing the government’s COVID-19. restrictions which are intended to save lives
The CPS has said that it will ‘come down hard’ on anyone who assaults a member of the NHS or emergency services.
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