Brisbane News – London police find dead man after G20 protests.
I couldn’t believe this at first when I saw a comment posted on a friends facebook… Strangely its not in th UK News as of yet.
He added later “I was in the vicinity. I had to get away from the main area as it was getting very heated indeed. I could just about see what was going on. Some people were covered in blood…. Felt like a horror movie. Some of the protesters were throwing things at the police therefore delaying medical attention to the dying man – Police version: natural causes!! I am shocked”
Tucked away inside today’s thelondonpaper rush hour freebie, this nano-article:
Photographers at risk from law
Taking photos of police officers could be deemed a criminal offence under anti-terror legislation that comes into force next week
Does that make your blood run cold? It does mine.
I took a pic of a police security tabloid pantomine with a metal detector in a tube station a while back, and put it on line:
Under this new legislation, I could probably get banged up for taking this picture, if that proved convenient to the police/and or home secretary.
I am really beginning to hate this government. Jaquie Smith, Jack Straw and the dreary rest of them. I actually wonder if they understand what they are doing. Is it possible to construct the apparatus of a totalitarian state, without being aware of it?
The sooner they get chucked out, the better.
Jail for photographing police?
The relationship between photographers and police could worsen next month when new laws are introduced that allow for the arrest – and imprisonment – of anyone who takes pictures of officers ‘likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism’.
Set to become law on 16 February, the Counter-Terrorism Act 2008 amends the Terrorism Act 2000 regarding offences relating to information about members of armed forces, a member of the intelligence services, or a police officer.
The new set of rules, under section 76 of the 2008 Act and section 58A of the 2000 Act, will target anyone who ‘elicits or attempts to elicit information about (members of armed forces) … which is of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism’.
A person found guilty of this offence could be liable to imprisonment for up to 10 years, and to a fine.
The law is expected to increase the anti-terrorism powers used today by police officers to stop photographers, including press photographers, from taking pictures in public places. ‘Who is to say that police officers won’t abuse these powers,’ asks freelance photographer Justin Tallis, who was threatened by an officer last week.
This government’s contempt for civil liberties continues…
Will this “anti-terror” law be used by the police to harrass anyone they want to? Of course it will.
Complete story, from the British Journal of Photography here.
Stoke Newington is CRAWLING with police this morning. You’ve never seen so many police. All over the frigging place.
“What are they doing?”, you ask. Busting a major crack ring? On the trail of a terrorist cell?
Yep – you heard me right. They have Stokey on lock-down so that they can bust people for riding down alleys without dismounting, running red lights, etc.
OK – bad cycling annoys me as much as the next person. I can’t stand the little toads that ride at speed down the pavement – I just shout at them: “are you too frightened to ride on the road?” And running a red light when there are pedestrians around is a no-no for me too.
But seriously – a police crackdown, utilising this many officers to catch a few mildly anti-social cyclists is just absurd. Is this what I pay them for?
A friend of mine was fined £30 by a copper the other day. The crime: going across the pavement with his bike in order to lock it to a railing. He freewheeled the bike, standing on the pedal, like you do. Result a £30 fine. Frigging ridiculous.
So – the question is: now that cycling has begun to really take off as a form of green, healthy transport for Londoners (post-Olympic effect too), who has ordered the police to crack down on cyclists in this absurd manner?
Hey police cadets – looking forward to a glorious career of hassling cyclists?