G20 Report Lays Down the Law to Police on Use of Force

From The Guardian:

A blueprint for wholesale reform of British policing to create a service “anchored in public consent” was unveiled today by the inquiry prompted by Scotland Yard’s controversial handling of the G20 protests in London.

Denis O’Connor, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary, used his report to demand wide-ranging reforms and a return to an ideal of policing based on “approachability, impartiality, accountability and … minimum force”.

The findings received almost unanimous support across the political spectrum. The prime minister, Gordon Brown, said the government would “take the action” needed to reassure the public that policing is fair.

The report – instigated after the Guardian revealed that a newspaper seller, Ian Tomlinson, had died after an attack by a police officer – was broader and more critical than many had expected.

O’Connor warned of a “hardening” of policing style in recent years and the erosion of the British approach to policing developed by the 19th-century prime minister Sir Robert Peel and based on consent.

[Read more at The Guardian]