So we have a person of diminished mental capacity in a swimming pool when they can't swim. Talk about a time critical high risk situation. Sir Robert Nelson, mentioned although the officers attending the incident were acting as they genuinely thought best, their responses were “more than-hasty and ill-informed”. The carer clearly couldn't cope, the pool lifeguard couldn't cope so the police were called. Perhaps the police should have stayed back and let him splash around in the pool to his heart's content but perhaps this was a factor in their decision making process. HSE issues pool safety advice following double drowning case in police swimming pool http://www.hse.gov.u...2007/e07026.htm
The officers involved shouldn't have used force, it's as simple as that.
This debate appears to be more about whether or not the level of force was unlawful; which I don't think was disproportionate if they had (which they evidently didn't) the lawful authority to detain him.
Remember this boy wasn't arrested, he was detained. The latter is unlawful.
I hope HSE are taking note and fully expect a prosecution of the carer's in this case. There is clearly some learning to be drawn from this