From Iceland — Pirate Wants Rules On Police Use Of Force Disclosed

Pirate Wants Rules On Police Use Of Force Disclosed

Published November 5, 2014

Helgi Hrafn Gunnarsson, Pirate Party Member of Alþingi, wants to lift the secrecy on Police authorizations and guidelines in use of force.

On occasion of the recently reported mass-import of machine guns for the Police and Coast Guard, the members of Alþingi’s General Committee, including Helgi, examined the rules on Tuesday. In the following session of Alþingi, Helgi argued that in the media, officials make vague references to the undisclosed regulation. He said that attempting to respect the confidentiality demanded, they avoid revealing any of the content, leading to “either ambiguous or outright misleading” responses to various enquiries. “Neither is acceptable, when we are trying to make democratic decisions about what sort of law enforcement we want to see in this country.”

Helgi said that “the rules answer many questions that I cannot discuss here, and I cannot discuss in any committee, because we do not have a copy of them.” He then stated his conviction, that the rules should be accessible to the public, for everyone’s benefit, including the Police.

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