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Police Stupidity

During my childhood I heard considerably more that was derogatory about the Police than was positive.  I’m sure you know the kind of thing.  Coppers are thick, coppers can’t read or write unless they’ve got stripes on their arm and all that kind of thing.

Law enforcement isn’t easy, especially when parts of the law are an ass and when the use of common sense is frowned upon. Of course, how many coppers actually have any common sense is another question entirely.  I have seen and experienced professional conduct by Police (when under considerable pressure) and have seen some unacceptable Police conduct.

Putting aside the “New Labour have created the chav society” discussion for this post, I am sure that the majority of Police officers are reasonable people committed to serving their communities.  Even so that could mean 51% of coppers are ok while 49% are lacking in the Clue department or are just in the job for their own personal and malicious enjoyment.  I leave you to draw your own conclusions.

Two stories of Police Stupidity are offered here.

Despite advice from the Metropolitan Police that taking photographs in public is not a terrorist offence

Kent Police set a new legal precedent last week, as they arrested a photographer on the unusual grounds of “being too tall”.This follows a year of increasingly unhappy incidents, in which continued reassurances from on high appear to have had little impact on how Police Forces deal with photographers – and reinforces a growing concern that the breakdown in trust and cooperation with the Police warned of in respect of demonstrations could soon transfer to photography too.

Do read the full story.  It seems that some Police really haven’t got a Clue when it comes to dealing with people taking photographs in public as a hobby.

Taking photographs in public places is not a crime.  A new Flickr group called Not A Crime has been created with the intention of educating both the Police and people of this fact.  I will be contributing to this group shortly.

Meanwhile the lack of Clue continues in South Devon

Riot police stormed a man’s 30th birthday barbecue for 15 guests because it was advertised as an “all-night” party on Facebook.

Four police cars, a riot van, and a force helicopter were dispatched to a privately-owned field in a small village near Sowton, Devon in the UK on Saturday, ordering the party shut down or everyone would be arrested.

Andrew Poole, a coach driver from Sowton, said his birthday barbecue was busted up before they even had a chance to plug the music in, reports the BBC.

“What effectively the police did was come in and stop 15 people eating burgers,” Poole said.

Hello?  What happened to using common sense and realising this had been an over-reaction?  More “overzealous policing”.

Is it any wonder the coppers couldn’t figure out the RIPA legislation broken by BT & Phorm when they performed their secret tests?

The worrying thing about this is I want to have faith in the Police force.  With the recent G20 events and these stories of frightening lack of Clue I’m not sure I can.

Police are there to serve the community.  Nothing more, nothing less.  I do not see how either incident was “serving the community”.

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