Bindmans solicitors have asked us to circulate an appeal for witnesses to the arrest of an individual they represent who is facing a trial at Southwark Crown Court in early April. He is charged with encouraging or assisting others to commit summary offences in connection with a demonstration against the English Volunteer Force (EVF) that took place in central London on 15th March 2014.
They are looking for witnesses who may have been present near to the fenced off area opposite Parliament, which was due to be used for the EVF standing rally at approximately 1:45pm on this date, and who may have witnessed the incident.
If you can help, please contact Samantha Broadley at Bindmans directly on 020 7833 4433 or email S.Broadley@bindmans.com
In this age of mass surveillance, data analysis, and in-depth profiling, there are good reasons for keeping your name and address off the police database when stopped and searched.
Netpol and our partners in Green & Black Cross frequently stress that police powers to stop and search do not include the power to demand a name and address. Sometimes, however, the police decide not to pay much attention to individuals seeking to assert their rights and instead use stop and search powers as a de facto ID check. Read more
Were you stopped and searched at the Stop the Racist March for England (Stop MFE) protest in Brighton on Sunday 27 April? Were you arrested or threatened with arrest for refusing to give your name and address?
Press release from Newham Monitoring Project (NMP) – one of the members of Netpol.
It is alarming that a Metropolitan police undercover surveillance unit, the Special Demonstration Squad (SDS), targeted Newham Monitoring Project (NMP) and serves as a reminder of the levels of corruption and misuse of power within the police that we have tirelessly campaigned against for years.
Our work supporting victims of police misconduct, racist violence and assisting the grieving relatives and friends of black people who died in police custody has contributed significantly to greater police accountability, transparency and racial equality in the UK. The police have actively sought to stop, disrupt or discredit this work and the people who support it.
Attempts to mitigate against negative publicity using unethical policing methods are indisinguishable from the sanctioning of a cover-up. Read more