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.