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FILMING THE POLICE
I was bullied and threatened by the police this week in Hammersmith, London, because I was filming some of the building work in Hammersmith - as I am an architect and this is part of what I do - and when they saw I was filming they first told me to stop filming, which I refused to do; then they insisted I show them my ID;- which I pointed out I do not legally need to carry so could not and would not supply them with ;- and when they asked my name and address and once again got refused as I was not committing a crime or any such thing ( I am 62 years of age and hardly a typical criminal ) they threatened me with all sorts of legal mumbo jumbo about arresting me - that I knew to be false. The police were making up the law as they went along to scare me, but it had no affect as they were both lying through their teeth. The police were making it up as they went along. As much as I stated they were incorrect - they kept insisting they knew the law and so I told them point blank that they did not and that they would look very foolish if they were to ask a legal expert. One of them kept trying to grab for my phone and by now about a dozen people had gathered around and HOORAH - many were filming what was going on. I told the one who kept grabbing for my phone that if he even so much as touched me, I would report him for assault and that as I had plenty of witnesses - many of whom were shouting at the police by this point, he stopped.
I am into amateur dramatics and I have a voice that can carry a long way - and as I kept speaking lounder and louder and more and more people gathered to see what was going on, there was eventually around 30 people standing around watching as the police kept telling me to keep my voice down as well as stop filming - and so the more people stopped.
I pointed out that in a public space - and not on private property like a shopping mall or an airport terminal, I had every right to film anything I wanted - even the police regardless of what they are doing and that they had absolutely no legal right to intimidate and bully me or anyone else into not filming. The police were wrong - as usual - and incompetent - as is often the case - and just attempted to bully a member of the public - which caused quite a stir with all those who were standing watching. I spoke up and told everyone what was going on and many others got involved agreeing with me that it was not illegal and some even told the police they were comical in their uniforms and being so ignorant about the laws they are suppose to uphold.
Eventually one of the police men got on his radio and asked headquarters ( I assume ) about the law and within a few minutes the two of them just turned and walked away and I shouted after them that they owed me an apology - and I shouted this many times as they walked away and around 35 people booed and clapped and cheered loudly - 'APOLOGISE - APOLOGISE - APOLOGISE' - as the embarrassed police withdrew with their tails between their legs like school yard bullies when a bullied kids Mother has caught them bullying and sent them packing with a flea in their ear.
It was comical and rewarding at the same time. I thanked the people for their support and many of us chatted for a while and it seems it had happened at a most fortuitous time as many were from some students union and were journalists on the student paper and knew this was common practice with the police and were delighted to see I stood up for myself and so joined in with the booing of the police and support of the person being bullied. It ended being quite a giggle.
Useless John, the poice are absolutely useless at catching real criminals and solving real crime that affects us every day people and all the while the bankers get away with legal theft of hundreds of billions and we get bullied by these little pricks who like to intimidate and bully innocent people and then lie to make their case stronger.
I thought your readers might find it interesting. Robert M. ( Hammersmith )
Thank you Robert and I have been following this for some time and here is a youtube link that shows you exactly this same thing.
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INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY
I am reminded of the recent case of the BBC filming the police driving up the motorway to raid Cliff Richards home when he was not even in the country and ket me just remind you , Cliff Richards was not wanted for questioning or anything at all;- no warrant for his arrest or anything - it was just sensational news and a disgraceful case of the police using the media to attempt to destroy a rich and famous man;- as we have seen so much of lately.
It use to be better when we had policeman on the beat - and we got to know our local Bobby, but since the advent of CCTV and the anonymity of hidden police in an office somewhere watching through cameras, we are all now assumed to be GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT and where the police are unable to solve even half the crimes reported and next year hope to get it up from 25 - 35% solved and I find this DISGUSTING - especially considering the bully boy attitude that would not be tollerated by anyone else.
It is fast becoming a Police State and although the USA is light years ahead with their murdering police forces, and where we have a long way to go as most police are relatively pleasant and thoughtful people who do offer a very fine service and to the best of their abilities - sadly there are always too many bad apples that ruin it for others and it seems right from the top - there are rotten apples with an ego problem in a uniform.
Your input is welcomed.
Wow John. Your piece on the police. Well done. I was beaten up by the police some years ago as they thought I was drunk. When I was 27 I had a stroke which left me with a speech impediment and it does sound as if I am drunk. It also left me with walking difficulties and these policemen were completely aggressive towards me as I walked home late one night and arrested me, held me in a cell overnight, refused to listen to my story of being a non drinker and that I had had a stroke, and just took it upon themselves to bang me up and get me off the street. The fact that I had just finnished work and was on my way home fell on deaf ears and only after seeing a lawyer and threatening to sue for harrasment and false imprisonment did they eventually send a letter claiming the two officers involved would be re trained and offered apologies. I was also offered a £25 gift voucher from M&S which I thought a little odd.
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Citizens across the globe are feeling the blade of austerity measures and corporate greed as they lose their jobs and their wages are reduced, pensions are being stolen while bankers still take billions in bonuses and seem to say ' fuck you' to everyone.
Families worldwide are under increasing pressure as social services such as education, care for the elderly and health care are being eroded to a point of useless.
We face an age of economic transformation, where the poor are becoming poorer and the rich are becoming richer and our governments then give huge tax breaks to the wealthy while penalising the poor by reducing their benefits and legal rights.
The middle class is shrinking and under increasing attack.
Governments seem impotent - or at worst, in league with the banks and corporate power who are raping society withgout a single care for their fellow man;- for these people seem to have completely forgotten their humanity.
It is not about people any more, it is all about oil, corporate / banking greed and power. It is time for people to wake up and ' smell the roses' and take an interest in what is going on, how they are being abused by the 'powers that be' before all our rights have been so eroded it will be too late.
The Orwellian Age is becoming a reality, faster than many realise and if you want your every move monitored and watched and digested and planned - then do nothing and do not complain when you have lost your freedom to do anything. If you want a life where you make your own decisions, plan and facilitate your own career, relationships and lifestyle without interference from the state, the police, and 'busy bodies' watching your every move, then read, find out what is gping on, open various links listed below and find out what you can do to make a difference. The world we leave our children and grandchildren will define who we are and how we lived.
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