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Short Update: Police ‘spit-hoods’ offer ‘no protection’ against COVID-19 and should not be used in UK, says Amnesty International

FT Admin - June 24, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Extended police powers

Amnesty International has called on the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) to suspend the use of spit hoods after they admitted in a letter that the hoods “provide no protection from COVID-19" and are "not designed to stop airborne pathogens or respiratory droplets". 

The hoods, which are made of a mesh-type fabric, are placed over an individual's head to prevent them biting or spitting at officers. 

Amnesty claimed the pandemic had been used "as cover" to roll out their use of ‘spit-hoods’, which have caused or contributed to multiple deaths in police custody. 

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