UN warns UK Gov't to 'stop tasering children' against a backdrop of deprivation and bad housing [political and economic collapse]

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    Feb 15, 2016 2:37 AM GMT
    The situation in the UK appears to be truly dreadful. Incredible that some Brits focus their energy on US politics when their economic and political systems appear to be in shambles, or at least, support conditions that should be condemned by the civilized (or should we say, civilised) world.
    Police use of stun guns on under-18s is rising against a backdrop of deprivation and bad housing

    The United Nations will condemn and publicly shame the Government in May for allowing police to use 50,000-volt stun guns on children, as well as stopping and searching toddlers.
    A UN source said the UK has been asked to provide data on police Taser use, as well as the number of rubber or plastic bullets that have been fired at children.


    Police stopped and searched nearly 300 children aged under five in the five years to 2014, meaning officers might have believed toddlers were carrying a knife or involved in terrorism. Typically, though, the searches are undertaken because officers suspect the children have been used by adults to hide weapons, stolen goods, or drugs.
    “Reductions to household income for poorer children as a result of tax, transfer and social security benefit changes have led to food and fuel poverty, and the sharply increased use of crisis food bank provision by families. In some parts of the UK there is insufficient affordable decent housing which has led to poorer children living in inadequate housing and temporary accommodation.”
    The Howard League for Penal Reform has also told the committee that England and Wales has one of the lowest ages of criminal responsibility, at 10 years old, and highest level of child incarceration in western Europe. Its written evidence states: “There are grave concerns about the number of children who have taken their own lives in prison, as well as concerns about the increasing use of punitive measures such as solitary confinement and the use of force.”

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    Feb 15, 2016 5:19 PM GMT
    The article does not indicate if minority or immigrant children are being disproportionately targeted. Perhaps that is apparent to those familiar with the particular neighborhoods mentioned, but too politically incorrect to mention.
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    Feb 15, 2016 5:42 PM GMT
    southbeach1500 saidIt's the UK. I really don't care, that's their business and if they want to let the UN tell them what to do, so be it.

    No disagreement. I just thought that with all the turmoil and other problems in the UK, the RJ UK members might better focus their energy there instead of giving us their "wisdom" about US politics.
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    Feb 15, 2016 6:57 PM GMT
    I'm heartened by Socal's sudden concern for the children of the UK. Let's start by pointing out the term 'children' here also refers to young persons under the age of 18.

    I'm not sure what the alternative is to using a Taser when confronted with a violent suspect or an uncooperative arrestee, who cannot be controlled by standard restraint techniques. You could baton them or pepper spray them, but those are not always suitable alternatives, particularly where officer safety requires a greater distance between officer and suspect (e.g. the suspect is armed with a knife). The good news is that the 'last resort' for police officers in the UK tends to be a non-lethal one.


    As for child poverty, of course it is unacceptable - and while we could be doing better, we are by no means the worst.