Revealed: fewer than one in 200 complaints against Met unit upheld – The Guardian

‘Fewer than one in 200 complaints made against the division of the Metropolitan police responsible for public order policing over the last decade have been upheld, figures obtained by the Guardian suggest.’

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The Guardian, 15th October 2020

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Police review whether investigation into David Starkey interview with Darren Grimes is ‘proportionate’ – The Independent

Posted October 15th, 2020 in forced labour, genocide, internet, media, news, police, prosecutions, public order by tracey

‘Police are reviewing a controversial investigation into an interview with historian David Starkey to ensure it is “proportionate”.’

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The Independent, 14th October 2020

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Four convicted after investigation into homophobic behaviour at West Ham vs Brighton game – The Independent

Posted October 5th, 2020 in fines, homosexuality, news, public order, sexual orientation discrimination, sport by tracey

‘West Ham said they have a “zero-tolerance approach” to any kind of discrimination after four men were convicted of public order offences following an investigation into homophobic behaviour at a Premier League game.’

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The Independent, 4th October 2020

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Man who sent black man a banana at Wetherspoons fined – The Independent

Posted September 18th, 2020 in fines, hate crime, news, public order, racism, sentencing by tracey

‘A Wetherspoon customer who sent a banana to a black man in the same pub has been convicted of a racist hate crime and ordered to pay over £1,200 in fines and court costs.’

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The Independent, 17th September 2020

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Police crack down on illegal raves ahead of introduction of £10k fine – The Guardian

Posted August 24th, 2020 in coronavirus, fines, freedom of movement, news, police, public order by sally

‘Fines of up to £10,000 for those organising illegal raves in England will come into force on Friday following another weekend of unlawful gatherings across the country.’

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The Guardian, 23rd August 2020

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Activists launch London legal action against UK officers in Hong Kong police – The Guardian

Posted August 11th, 2020 in demonstrations, Hong Kong, news, police, private prosecutions, public order, torture by sally

‘Pro-democracy activists have launched a private prosecution in London against five British officers working for the Hong Kong police, alleging they have taken part in brutal actions against protesters.’

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The Guardian, 10th August 2020

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Belly Mujinga: no charges after CPS review of rail worker’s Covid-19 death – The Guardian

‘No charges will be brought over the death of Belly Mujinga, the railway worker who died of Covid-19 after allegedly being spat on while at work, prosecutors have decided after reviewing the evidence.’

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The Guardian, 6th August 2020

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A Guide to Protestor Rights Balanced Against Police Powers – St Pauls Chambers

‘Article 10 of the Human Rights Act 1998 enshrines the right to the freedom of expression and Article 11 establishes the right of freedom of assembly and association. However, these rights are qualified, meaning that, in certain circumstances, these rights can be interfered with. The interference with these rights must be proportionate and necessary in the pursuit of a legitimate aim. For example, protestor rights to freedom of expression and freedom of assembly may be compromised where this is necessary in order to ensure public safety, prevent crime or disorder, protect the rights of others, or national security.’

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St Pauls Chambers, 18th July 2020

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Why did raves become illegal? – BBC News

Posted June 29th, 2020 in coronavirus, freedom of movement, news, public order by sally

‘Strobe lights, thumping bass, a warehouse or field and hundreds, possibly thousands of sweat-drenched people dancing through the night.’

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BBC News, 26th June 2020

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The Use of Police Tactics to Disperse Protests and the Fine Line Between Legitimate Protesting and Anti-Social Behaviour – 3PB

Posted June 23rd, 2020 in demonstrations, dispersal orders, news, police, public order by sally

‘A number of protests were held across the country and the world in response to the brutal killing of George Floyd in the United States. Although the protests were largely peaceful, there was some tension between the police and protesters over the weekend. This unfortunately resulted in some protesters and Legal Observers being kettled by the police. This note will provide a brief overview of the law surrounding the various tactics used by the police to disperse protests and maintain the peace. Some of the most commonly used tactics include kettling (otherwise known as containment) and the use of dispersal orders under s.35 of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. The note will also focus on what constitutes ‘anti-social behaviour’ in the context of protests.’

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3PB, 18th June 2020

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Courts ‘preparing to fast-track prosecutions for Black Lives Matter protesters’ – Daily Telegraph

‘British courts are preparing to fast-track prosecutions for the Black Lives Matter protests, as justice secretary Robert Buckland has told magistrates to model the process along the lines of the response to rioting in London in 2011, The Times reported.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th June 2020

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Coronavirus: Trial backlog ‘adding to risk of mob justice’ – BBC News

Posted June 1st, 2020 in coronavirus, courts, criminal justice, delay, legal aid, news, public order by sally

‘ “Mob justice” could increase in England and Walesunless more money is made available to clear the backlog of court cases swollen by coronavirus, the government has been warned.’

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BBC News, 29th May 2020

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Hundreds prosecuted for coronavirus-related attacks on emergency workers – The Guardian

‘More than 300 prosecutions for assaults on police and emergency workers were completed during the first month of lockdown, the director of public prosecutions, Max Hill QC, has revealed.’

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The Guardian, 21st May 2020

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Kamali Gabbidon-Lynck: Fight breaks out in court as killers jailed – BBC News

Posted January 28th, 2020 in attempted murder, gangs, murder, news, offensive weapons, public order, sentencing by tracey

‘Violence broke out at the Old Bailey as five gang members were jailed for murdering a man in a knife attack.’

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BBC News, 27th January 2020

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5 UK Human Rights Issues and Trends to Watch in 2020 – Each Other

‘From landmark legal cases to a landslide general election result, and civil disobedience to constitutional upheaval – the UK had no shortage of human rights news stories in 2019.’

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Each Other, 6th January 2020

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Extinction Rebellion: The ‘reluctant activists’ facing criminal records – BBC News

Posted December 2nd, 2019 in climate change, demonstrations, imprisonment, news, public order by sally

‘Thousands of people from across the UK have been arrested this year as part of climate change protests that police said have stretched resources.’

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BBC News, 1st December 2019

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Charges dropped against more than 100 Extinction Rebellion protesters – The Guardian

‘More than 100 Extinction Rebellion protesters have had charges against them dropped after the ban forbidding protest in London last month was ruled unlawful.’

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The Guardian, 27th November 2019

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Man jailed for setting fireworks off during Remembrance Sunday two-minute silence – The Independent

Posted November 13th, 2019 in armed forces, explosives, news, public order, sentencing by sally

‘A man who set off fireworks during a Remembrance Sunday event has been jailed.’

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The Independent, 12th November 2019

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Travellers: Home Office ‘Criminalising Families With Nowhere To Go’ – Charities – Rights Info

Posted November 6th, 2019 in news, police, public order, travellers, trespass by sally

‘Travellers’ and Gypsies’ ancient way of life is under threat from “inhumane” proposals to criminalise unauthorised encampments, charities have warned.’

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Rights Info, 5th November 2019

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Police ban on Extinction Rebellion protests ruled illegal by high court – The Guardian

Posted November 6th, 2019 in climate change, demonstrations, false imprisonment, news, police, public order by sally

‘Hundreds of Extinction Rebellion protesters may now sue the Metropolitan police for unlawful arrest after the high court quashed an order banning the group’s protests in London last month.’

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The Guardian, 6th November 2019

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