source: The Mirror
published: 8 June 2016
An 11-year-old disabled girl was restrained in handcuffs and leg straps while enduring a “nightmare” total of 60 hours in police custody.
The child was also placed in a “spit hood” by cops during her ordeal, which happened when she was arrested three times for minor offences and detained once under the Mental Health Act.
On two of the occasions she was held in police cells overnight.
Officers failed to record why they had used the force, the Independent Police Complaints Commission ( IPCC ) found. The watchdog also ruled officers failed to provide an appropriate adult to accompany the girl on the four occasions she was held in a police cell.
IPCC investigators found that 11 Sussex Police officers had a case to answer over their contact with the girl, identified only as Child H. The incidents happened between February and March 2012.
Her mother, known as Ms H, said in a statement through her solicitors: “My daughter’s contact with the police in 2012 was nothing short of a nightmare for both of us.