I haven't had the time to read all the comments here yet. However I think rather than suing the police what people have to realise is that when you call the police you call the police. What I mean by that is you aren't phoning for an emergency social worker you're phoning for a police officer who will deal with the situation as a police officer will. Now if he's got the mental capability for a 5 year old then I very much doubt that he understands the dangers of the water which I would argue is demonstrated by going into it whilst fully clothed. It would also appear that he would not have been able to swim judging by the scenario, since he had been watching rather than participating. So a non-swimmer in the pool, fully clothed who is 16 and has the mental age of a five year old. It doesn't seem like that is going end particularly well whatever happens. Now others have failed to deal with him verbally and when words run out you don't have that many other options. Was it a police officer who got him out of the pool? So he gets pulled out for his safety, presumably he keeps trying to re-enter the water so they restrain him to prevent him from doing so. What I want to know is what position the Met would be in if he had died because officers refused to act for fear of this sort of thing happening. What a stupid decision.
If a person chooses a career as a police officer, then they are taking on the duty of respecting and caring for their community,
lack of training is not an excuse, police officers should do their own research,
the damage that that attack has had on this autistic boy is irreversible
I am hugely disappointed by what i am reading
restraint is not the answer, a little humanity, understanding and common sense is sometimes also required,
I'd suggest your user name is most apt. As a police officer I expect to be trained in what I need to know. What is important to me. What is going to keep me, the public, my colleagues safe and fight crime, deal with other scenarios as we come across them. We can not be educational psychiatrists, psychiatrists, doctors, nurses, paramedics, heart surgeons, fire fighters, social workers, experts on every condition which may affect someone's behaviour ever and so on and so on as well as being police officers. If I'm not trained and use my own research and that fails and I was doing something I was not trained to do I'm in the mother of all troubles. Further I think you'll find that the effects of inhaling large amounts of water are irreversible too and that a large amount of people who do this are non-swimmers. Since teachers had failed to stop him going in the water by talking to him I'm going to suggest a little understanding and "common sense" although I do rather disagree with your use of the term, had failed in this case.
I am a lifeguard, and i would have been able to save that boys life without the use of restraints and handcuffs,
its called teamwork,
If you think that you have never tried to have to restrain someone.
I have to agree with Rocket, there is nothing stopping you from posting some useful information about the condition here.
Edited by callsign-kid, 14 March 2012 - 07:18 PM.