It is appalling that the Mayor has chosen to interfere with police operational matters and block the use of spit hoods.
Has he forgotten he is no longer representing those who make claims against the police but in fact representing the police themselves?
The decision to use these hoods would have been taken as a result of a risk assessment showing that officers were at risk of infection transferred by spitting. I myself know of one serious example of that.
What risk assessment has the Mayor based this intervention on and what alternative safeguards has he put in place to protect officers on the front line?
– Keith Prince, London Assembly Member for Redbridge and Havering