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In May last year, in one of his first moves after being made Home Secretary, Mr Clarke stopped planned operational trials of the long baton, deeming it unsuitable for the British police. The decision was largely based on the Rodney King case in Los Angeles, where the officers accused of beating Mr King, a motorist, had used batons.
originally posted by: IllegalName
quite frankly nothing surprises me any more with West Mercia - they’re useless, not as useless as West Midlands but still.