UK Newswire Archive
Fitwatch regularly get asked what happened to the cops who assaulted members of the group during Kingsnorth climate camp. The case received a large amount of publicity when it was front page of the Guardian in June 2009, and many thousands of people viewed the footage of officers using excessive force against three fitwatchers who were trying to identify officers who weren’t displaying their numbers.
However, until recently, there hasn’t been much to report. The IPCC and West Yorkshire Police (WYP) waddled their way through their initial investigation and subsequent appeals, and despite overwhelming evidence, found most of the behaviour and arrests acceptable behaviour aside from a couple of minor caveats such as the cops not identifying themselves being “regrettable” rather than intentional. PC Fisher, the cop who made headline news through using a stranglehold and excessively pressure pointing one Fitwatcher, was the only officer who complaints were upheld against. However, even the findings against him exonerate him of deliberately intending harm or injury through his use of force.
Friday 6th January 2012
Passing the Victoria Shopping Centre at about 3.20pm this afternoon, 2 police cars suddenly arrived next to me on the pavement area at some speed. They contained armed officers.
People asking each other what was goin on. A spoke to a man who said he had just come from the back of the Victoria Centre and there were 4 more police cars there. I was about to go and have a look there, when the police helicopter arrived and seem to spend more time surveying the side where I was. Dog units were also arriving. Then, suddenly, a number of officers armed with the regulation Heckler and Koch's ran past me at speed. Outside the Hilton Hotel in Milson Street they catch up with a man and bark a series of instructions at him. A number of officers had guns leveled at him, one aiming a taser. I could clearly see a red dot from the weapons, 'painted' on his chest. Police then handcuffed him and searched his clothes. Reveiwing the pictures later, all I could see that the police discovered was a walking stick and a folded pen knife.
I guess the police had been informed of arms being involved, but I gather the individual was suspected of robbery in John Lewis's store. After a while, he was lead away in handcuffs.
Police say that the man was arrested for attempted robbery, but later stated that no firearms were used and no one was injured.
It is a fact that police are routinely unarmed in Britain. But it is my experience that I am seeing [and hearing about] an increased frequency of armed operations in Nottingham. Just an hour earlier, in one of the main shopping streets there, I noticed a red post office security van passing. Immediatly behind, a 4xwheel specialist police vehicle, again with H&K guns cleary visible as they passed. Over the Christmas period, I had seen other security vans being similarly protected, I guess because of the increased takings from stores. The media seems to tell me this is true nationally. I wonder at what point the temporary deployment of armed officers on the streets become a routine deployment? Will this happen by an imperceptable stealth, gradually until we reach a 'tipping point' or, will it be decided through a democratic process of some sort? ...... just asking.
some earlier example of Nottinghamshire Police armed operations:
'Armed turnout' of Nottinghamshire Police. [another false alarm]
Photographer arrested by armed officers [finally, the pictures]
Another Armed Turnout by Nottinghamshire Police
Photographer - Media: One Eye on the Road. Nottingham. UK
Member of the National Union of Journalists [NUJ]
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07-01-2012 02:49Bank of ideas reopens for 2012
Details of January screenings of The Crisis of Civilization: a documentary feature film investigating how global crises like ecological disaster, financial meltdown, dwindling oil reserves, terrorism and food shortages are converging symptoms of a single, failed global system.
We will be adding yet more screenings as they are confirmed, so keep an eye out for further details!
06-01-2012 17:23Summary of recent and ongoing action...
06-01-2012 15:45Happy new year antifascists! Hackers Anonymous have got the 2012 off to a good start with Operation Blitzkrieg, a sustained assault on neo-Nazi websites in order to expose the fash.
06-01-2012 14:00What a load of bollix - Sainsburys have had their application for a store upheld on appeal at the old Caffyns Garage at Preston Road, Brighton, despite opposition
This Saturday (7 January) the weekend before the tenth anniversary of the opening of the illegal US military prison camp at Guantánamo Bay, on 11 January 2002, a public rally is to be held at Trafalgar Square (North Terrace, outside the National Gallery), organised by the London Guantánamo Campaign (LGC), Save Shaker Aamer Campaign (SSAC), Stop the War Coalition (StWC) and Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) .
A woman found not guilty of brothel keeping calls for a change to UK laws that demand prostitutes work alone putting them at risk from attack.
Sheila Farmer was arrested 17 months ago after a flat she was managing was raided by police, but the case collapsed when the prosecutions key witness, who worked at the flat, disappeared.