As the Israelis allegedly teach US police the horrific neck choke hold, a Florida sheriff describes how Scottish police taught him ways to reduce violence:
Sheriff Mike Chitwood requires all new officers to take 40 hours of crisis intervention classes developed in consultation with the Police Executive Research Forum, a reform advocacy group. He said at a recent forum sponsored by the group that his goal is to reduce the “warrior mentality” he found in some officers when he arrived at the department in 2017. He said he was also inspired by a trip to Scotland in 2015 organized by the group, during which he learned new strategies to minimize violence.
I remember writing about this story back in 2015 when only Sky News covered it.
Sadly, today, many are writing to protest the brutal ‘kettling’ technique used against peaceful protesters in George Square last Saturday. Not only was the use of kettling selective, after racist Loyalist groups had been allowed to run free, attacking members of the public, on two previous occasions, but its effects are known to be damaging especially on the elderly, the infirm and children in the group.
Kettling has been used notoriously on protesters in London in the past but is now not considered acceptable by the police themselves. Ten years ago, her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary, Denis O’Connor, described the ‘kettling’ technique as “inadequate” and belonging to a “different era” of policing.
I can find no account of kettling being used in Scotland before so where did the expertise apparent on Saturday come from?