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ZH v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2013]

Facts

  • The police restrained an autistic child who was transfixed on the water in a swimming pool; he jumped in, before being restrained again and taken to a police van
  • The child (ZH) suffered a variety of psychological issues as a result of the incident

Issue

  • Could the police commissioner be held liable?

Decision

  • Yes

Reasoning

  • Best interests could not have been a found without consulting the carer of the child first
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