Wednesday, July 15, 2009
[filming the police] is it a crime or not
What to make of this one? Clearly an old vid, as Samizdata discuss it here in 2007, well before the change in the law in February, 2009.
The Economic Voice also has one at his place. I've read via Google, this Darren Pollard described as 'BNP scum' and elsewhere as 'anti-NWO film-maker'.
He's obviously out to confront the police but I wonder if we can leave him, his party and any other peripheral issues out of it for the moment. He might have been asking for trouble with the megaphone in that central location in TEV's vid but it's difficult to see the justification for the police in the above vid, seeing him filming and coming on to his property for the reasons they did. They might not have liked it but was he breaking a law?
Now if it was a clear breach of an existing law, which the police on patrol should have been expected to have been au fait with, then why was he not immediately arrested?
The fact that they had to step off his property and check on the law and the fact that it took HQ so long to give the answer illustrates one thing. Those two officers came to him, assuming a crime had been committed and that it must have been illegal to film police.
When he asked under which section of the law it was illegal, this stopped them.
The only point I'm making in this post is that they automatically assumed he was committing a crime. If it turned out subsequently that he had breached the law, then why was that law in place in the first place and who promulgated it?
Lastly, look at the attitude of everyone in the vid. Are those two officers your friendly neighbourhood bobbies that used to pound the beat or are they something new - something thuggish? Can one expect anything else in these days of ASBOs and Chavs, of knife crime and civil unrest?
How did the civil unrest get to this stage?
Am I committing a crime by posting this vid of police faces?
Why did they not give their names and numbers when asked?
Is this a happy country?