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12 Jan, 10 tweets, 3 min read
Two asylum seekers holding up a bedsheet banner in protest against worsening conditions at Napier Barracks in Folkestone are threatened with fines. Kent Police appear to believe the Human Rights Act is suspended and covid exemptions are fixed for any circumstances
It is worth remembering asylum seekers at Napier Barracks have been forced to become one big "support bubble" by the Home Office. This is only the latest protest against conditions there…
A charity worker whose job is to support asylum seekers and who is monitoring the police's actions is herself threatened with a fine for "loitering". Current exemptions allow people to "work or provide voluntary or charitable services"
This comes on the day Britain's most senior police officer said it was "preposterous" that anyone doesn't know what the rules are. Presumably this wasn't meant to include police officers narrowly interpreting of the law…
Thanks to @_KRAN_ for sharing these videos
A reminder that there is no formal process to challenge a covid fine other than refusing to pay and risking prosecution…
Link to the full video here
How is this not a textbook definition of arbitrary powers?
"Kent Police confirmed that the force responded to reports of a protest at Napier Barracks ... officers... remain at the location to support the Home Office and ensure public safety". So this was overwhelmingly about public order, not public health…
Asylum seekers protesting at Napier Barracks ARE genuinely concerned about real public health concerns - the worsening conditions and the difficulties of social distancing they face because of the government department that Kent Police is offering its support to

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26 Nov 20
Britain's Conservative government is planning to introduce major changes to public order legislation to crack down on protests, under a new “Protection of the Police and Public Bill” planned for 2021… A line of police officers blocking a bridge over the Thames
Firstly, the government wants to amend Section 14 of the Public Order Act that gives police the power to impose conditions of a static assembly - so it is more like powers aimed at processions, which can also prohibit a demonstration from entering a specified public place.
Secondly, the government plans to change the wording of powers to impose conditions on protests so that they are no longer for “serious disruption to the life of the community” but for “SIGNIFICANT disruption”, allowing greater flexibility to use these powers
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The Metropolitan Police has decided not to routinely release bodycam video footage after internal reviews showed officers displaying "poor communication, a lack of patience, a lack of de-escalation before use of force is introduced"…
On one level this is almost funny, where it not for the real-world outcomes in so many instances: racial profiling, unjustifiable or simply unlawful arrests, violent restraint, the misuse of Taser and CS, all with little chance that complaints are taken seriously
The police say the "release of BWV is highly likely to exacerbate not prevent ‘trial by social media’ and increase media interest in an incident." What they call "trial by social media" is also called accountability. It led to this officer facing trial…
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3 Jun 20
THREAD: A lot of people have been asking us what they can do to support #BlackLivesMatter.

Police systematically target black people with stop & search - so much so that in London black people are 4 times more likely to be stop & searched than white people. #BLMLDN
Many of those killed by the police in the UK were done so after a stop & search.

We've revised our guidance on filming the police during stop & search.

Film the police. Film, film, film the police:…
If you are going on a #BlackLivesMattterUK demo, there is a quick "Know Your Rights" briefing here:
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11 Apr 20
This is really odd. Staff at the Addenbrookes NHS Trust have been advised that @CambsCops are stopping staff on their way to work and telling them NHS ID was insufficient evidence of essential travel.
According to an email we have seen, the Trust has been forced to remind their local force that such an explanation together with an NHS ID badge is sufficient evidence.
This was the same force that was required to apologise for this only yesterday
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25 Mar 20
The use of police powers to enforce the #COVIDー19 lockdown in Britain - a thread we will add to (1/n)
Roadblocks in Plymouth to check if people are only "making essential journeys"…
Durham Constabulary and North Yorkshire Police questioning people about their reasons for not being at home…
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27 Jan 20
Counter-terrorism police list that included Extinction Rebellion was shared across government, not just by the regional police unit in the south-east…
Initially, counter-terrorism police said this document an “error of judgment” and “was produced at a local level”. This was a lie.

It was sent to the Home Office, Department for Education, NHS England, MOD, HM Prison Service, Probation Service, Ofsted and 20 local authorities
These include Milton Keynes, Slough, Bracknell Forest, Reading, Wokingham, West Berkshire, Windsor and Maidenhead, Southampton, Portsmouth, the Isle Of Wight, Brighton and Hove, Medway, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Surrey, Hampshire, East Sussex, West Sussex and Kent.
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