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Video evidence of police threatening photographers with jail has emerged

Video evidence of police threatening photographers with jail has emerged - Video evidence of the police using section 14 of the Public Order Act 1986 on the press is on the internet.

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A video has emerged showing a police officer using Section 14 of the Public Order Act 1986 to move press photographers on.
The video was captured at the G20 protests by Jason Parkinson and shows an officer threatening members of the press with jail if they didn't do as asked.
Section 14 is used "to prevent serious public disorder, serious criminal damage or serious disruption to the life of the community." Police can use the act to place certain restrictions on demonstrations which includes location and the number of protesters but it was not designed to be used against members of the press.
The force later apologised for using this act on some members of the press.
The video, which can be viewed on the Guardian website shows the police officer telling the members of the press to “shut-up” when they tried to ask him questions and argue their case.

The video has emerged at the same time as the Metropolitan Police commissioner, Sir Paul Stephenson, has ordered a review of public order policing because of concerns he has about the way the G20 protests were handled by his force and the City of London police.

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NathanS 13 88 England
16 Apr 2009 12:35PM
Looks like we've stopped sleep walking into a police state and are now sprinting head long into one.

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nickfrog 11 333
16 Apr 2009 12:49PM
The UK is obviously NOT a democracy anymore, if anyone had any doubts. Almost amusing that this has happened under Labour.
jumpsystems 13 19 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2009 4:28PM
The police seem to think they can make the law, instead of simply enforcing it. The sooner the police are brought back into line the better.
riprap007 13 1.6k 37 England
18 Apr 2009 4:34PM
The sooner politicians are brought back into line also the better.... OH, just realised, that's never been the case, same as with the police!
mark_delta 10 1.3k
18 Apr 2009 8:04PM
I wonder how long it will be before the first tazer is used on the press ?

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