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Couzens research should be legal, say 60% of UK adults in survey – LaborList

A clear majority of UK adults support conducting Wayne Couzens’ investigation into the flaws that led him to abduct, rape and murder Sarah Everard while serving as a police officer, a statutory investigation. LaborList can reveal.

Exclusive survey of Savanta ComRes for LaborList shows that 60% of UK adults say research on “systematic rulings” should be legal, only 14% say it shouldn’t be legal and 27% say they don’t know.

Priti Patel announced at the Conservative Party conference that there would be an investigation that would look at both Couzens’ behavior and police problems, as well as the investigative processes, but did not grant legal powers to the investigation.

In response to the news, Labor Minister Nick Thomas-Symonds accused the Home Secretary of “half-heartedly” engaging in an investigation after Boris Johnson refused to endorse one, and of failing to “put it on solid legal ground.”

A non-statutory investigation could not compel witnesses to testify, nor would it compel the Metropolitan Police to release documents in a timely manner. You would also have no control over the timing and publication of your report.

Labor fellow Shami Chakrabarti, a former head of Liberty and a former shadow attorney general, has tabled two crucial amendments to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts bill, which is currently in the House of Lords.

One of Chakrabarti’s changes to the Home Office sponsored legislation would force Patel to order that a full statutory investigation be conducted under the Investigations Act 2005 within one month of the bill’s entry into force. police law.

The other amendment proposed by the Labor peer would change the law so that a single police officer cannot demand that someone under arrest enter a car or police station unless at least one other officer is present.

The new Savanta ComRes survey commissioned by LaborList indicates that an overwhelming 67% support the idea of ​​making the presence of two agents a legal requirement, while only 7% oppose the proposal and 8% say they do not know.

Below are the results of the latest survey conducted by Savanta ComRes for LabourList.

The government has announced that an investigation will be carried out into the ‘systematic failures’ that allowed Wayne Couzens, the Metropolitan Police officer convicted of the murder of Sarah Everard, to remain a police officer. The investigation will not be mandatory, which means that the chair of the investigation does not have the legal power to compel witnesses to testify, and it also means that the government has more say in how the investigation is conducted. The government has said that the investigation will be made legal, if necessary.

Do you think that the investigation should be legal or not legal?

Statutory – 60%
Non-statutory – 14%
I don’t know – 27%

To what extent do you support or oppose a change in the law to make it a legal requirement that two police officers, rather than one, be present before someone in custody enters a police vehicle or police station? ?

Strong support – 39%
Some support – 28%
Neither support nor oppose – 18%
Somewhat opposite – 5%
Strongly Against – 3%
I don’t know – 8%

Sum: Support – 67%
Sum: Oppose – 7%

Savanta Survey: ComRes for LaborList. Fieldwork carried out from October 8 to 10, 2021. Survey of 2,103 adults in the United Kingdom.

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