Tuesday, April 17, 2007

ASBOs without trial for Scotland

JACK McCONNELL today unveiled plans for "instant Asbos" which police could hand out to troublemakers without having to go through the normal court procedures.

The First Minister said he wanted to make sure the police had the powers they needed to tackle anti-social behaviour. Under the plan, any officer would be able to issue an instant Asbo, restricting an individual's behaviour and allowing the instant creation of exclusion zones and curfews. Scotland would be the first part of the UK to introduce such sweeping powers on anti-social behaviour.

So Scottish Labour is to do away with trials and just punish people eventhough they have not been found guilty. How do we know some power crazy cop won’t just hand them out when they want? Not all cops are good people you know.

Of course this isn’t the first time Labour has thought of something like this. Last year they decided to instantly fine people £100 for crimes such as assault, mugging and assaulting a police officer. The criminals would never be found guilty in a court of law.

Labour seems to like ideas where the police can punish someone eventhough they have never actually been found guilty.

Hat tip: Labour Watch

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