Enough laws

First published: 24th February 2010

Is Grace Pow ("Treat police with respect", February 22) aware that hurling abuse at the police cannot result in officers being injured?

While I agree with Ms Pow that we should all treat the police with respect, I do not think it is necessary to enact a new law for this rather specific act.

The police already have a range of legal charges they can use in appropriate circumstances, including obstructing an officer, disturbing the peace and - if the actions go beyond verbal abuse and become physical - a person can be charged with assault.

I trust that the police are professionals, trained to handle heated situations coolly and secure in the knowledge that the majority of the public support them - even those who were shouting, once their anger has faded.

We do not need an over-specific law that can be too easily misused.


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