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Photography is not a crime

Comment 10th July 2010

Repeal the discretionary powers for an officer to arrest photographers. 

Any real harm to be done with a camera is already covered by 'materials useful to terrorism' or espionage legislation.

Why does this matter?

When I saw officers indecently assaulting an arestee, then deliberately knocking to the ground a member of the public with a land-rover, my camera stayed in my pocket as I knew I would be next to get stripped in public and bundled into the vehicle.

The IPCC failed to respond to a complaint accompanied by a written description of the events.

The current legislation, much like the terrorist stop and search powers are being abused as a convenient 'discretionary' excuse.

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