246. Use of physical force.

Use of physical force against a detainee which has not been made strictly necessary by the detainee's conduct has been found to be an automatic violation of the Article 3 prohibition1 because it diminishes human dignity2. This applies to all detainees including prisoners and criminal suspects: the requirements of a criminal investigation and the difficulties inherent in the fight against crime cannot justify placing limits on the protection to be afforded in respect of the physical integrity of individuals