Skip to content


London Police Attack Photographer, Claim “We Don’t Have To Have A Law” To Detain You

London Police Attack Photographer, Claim We Don’t Have To Have A Law To Detain You 290610cops

Another documented case of police abusing anti-terrorism laws against photographers

Steve Watson
Infowars.net
Wednesday, Jun 29th, 2010

A young photographer was accused of being a threat under the Terrorism Act and eventually pushed down a flight of stairs by London police after he refused to stop photographing officers and cadets during a public parade.

Jules Mattsson, a 16-year-old freelancer student from Hackney, east London, was ordered to identify himself and stop taking images of the march on Armed Forces Day, this past Saturday.

For his own protection, Mattsson recorded the exchange with police on his mobile phone.

The audio provides evidence of yet another case in which officers are caught inventing imaginary laws, bandying around the Terrorism Act, and forcefully demanding that the public abide by their orders, when they have no legal right to do so.

Officers initially claim that Mattsson needs parental permission to capture images of the cadets who are minors. When Mattsson corrects the officer, noting that there are no restrictions on photographers in public spaces, the officer then claims that it is against the law to photograph police and members of the armed forces.

As the police continue to prevent the student from taking photographs and demand ID, he repeatedly asks them under what law he is being detained.

Eventually one officer replies “We don’t have to have a law.”

Following continued declaration that it is his right to photograph in a public space and that he should be allowed to get on with his work, Mattsson is informed by another officer that he is now “considered a threat under the Terrorism Act”.

As officers forcefully ushered him away from the parade, Mattsson says he was pushed down a short set of stairs and detained for “breaching the peace” until the parade passed.

Listen to the exchange:

At just 16 years of age, Mattsson’s knowledge of his rights as a photographer and a member of the public, his declaration that there is no reasonable expectation of privacy in a public place, and his bravery in standing up to several forceful uniformed aggressors should be commended.

The notion that this teenager was “breaching the peace” as he was pushed down a flight of steps by a gaggle of thug officers is ridiculous. Given that Mattsson has been advised not to publicly comment on the incident, he is thought to be considering legal action.

Matteson’s case is not an isolated incident. As we have repeatedly highlighted, photographers and film makers are routinely stopped and harassed under terrorism laws and routinely have their material seized and even deleted by police on a daily basis in London.

Only rarely are such incidents captured on film or recorded on audio devices. Another such case was recorded last December when a young woman was harassed, accused of being a terrorist, and forcefully tackled by police when they noticed her filming a building.

Watch the video and note how the officer, hands in pockets, chewing gum, declares that she is being “cocky” when she is simply standing up for her rights:

In another case, this time in a different UK town, an amateur photographer was arrested under anti-terror laws and detained in a police station for eight hours after taking pictures of Christmas celebrations.

The man refused to provide his details after he was approached by a police community support officer (PCSO) who told him “Because of the Terrorism Act and everything in the country, we need to get everyone’s details who is taking pictures of the town.”

The most worrying thing about these cases is the fact that officers seem to really believe that they are acting within the law. As the Association of Chief Police Officers recently noted in a strongly worded memo to all officers, the idea that anti-terror laws prohibit photography is an “internal urban myth.”

As we highlighted in our article last week, following a similar incident in London involving film maker and activist Charlie Veitch, The Metropolitan Police have recently issued guidelines to their officers regarding legal protocol on photography/filming, following sustained police abuse of terrorism provisions against photographers, journalists and members of the public.

As the guidelines clearly state:

“Members of the public and the media do not need a permit to film or photograph in public places and police have no power to stop them filming or photographing incidents or police personnel.”

The guidelines go on to state:

“…officers should exercise caution before viewing images as images acquired or created for the purposes of journalism may constitute journalistic material and should not be viewed without a Court Order.”

Though there are provisions under section 58A of the 2000 Terrorism Act and Section 76 of the Counter Terrorism Act 2008 which prohibit photographing police and members of the armed forces, police “must be able to demonstrate a reasonable suspicion that the information was, by its very nature, designed to provide practical assistance to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism”.

This means that it is unlawful to arrest or detain anyone for filming or photographing police during the course of normal policing activities, including parades, protests, or simply walking down the street.

This was noted in court last week as two investigative photojournalists received an apology and financial compensation from the Metropolitan Police after being forcibly prevented from working by officers at a political protest outside the Greek Embassy in 2008.

As for photographing children, again there are no restrictions in public, something Met police should be well aware of given the fact that Scotland Yard recently admitted its officers have been photographing children who are stopped and searched, even after they have been found to be innocent of any offence, and keeping the pictures on a database for “intelligence-gathering purposes”.

Related Posts with Thumbnails

Posted in Television Video & Film, War on terror.

Tagged with , , , , .


0 Responses

Stay in touch with the conversation, subscribe to the RSS feed for comments on this post.



Some HTML is OK

or, reply to this post via trackback.

Support #altnews & keep Dark Politricks alive

Remember I told you over 5 years ago that they would be trying to shut down sites and YouTube channels that are not promoting the "Official" view. Well it's all happening now big time. Peoples Channels get no money from YouTube any more and Google is being fishy with their AdSense giving money for some clicks but not others. The time is here, it's not "Obama's Internet Cut Off Switch" it's "Trumps Sell Everyones Internet Dirty Laundry Garage Sale". This site must be on some list at GCHQ/NSA as my AdSense revenue which I rely on has gone down by a third. Either people are not helping out by visiting sponsors sanymore or I am being blackballed like many YouTube sites.

It's not just Google/YouTube defunding altenative chanels (mine was shut), but Facebook is also removing content, shutting pages, profiles and groups and removing funds from #altnews that way as well. I was recently kicked off FB and had a page "unpublished" with no reason given. If you don't know already all Facebooks Private Messages and Secret Groups are still analysed and checked for words related to drugs, sex, war etc against their own TOS. Personally I know there are undercover Irish police moving from group to group cloning peoples accounts and getting people booted. Worse than that I know some people in prison now for the content they had on their "secret private group". Use Telegrams secret chat mode to chat on, or if you prefer Wickr. If you really need to, buy a dumb phone with nothing for the NSA/GCHQ to hack into. Ensure it has no GPS tracking on it and that the battery can be removed. These are usually built for old people to get used to technology storing only a set of numbers to call. However they have no games, applications to install or other ways people can exploit the computer tracking device you carry round with you most of the day - your smart phone. If you are paranoid ensure that you can remove the battery when travelling around and do so to prevent GPS tracking or phone mast triangulation. Even with your phone in Flight mode or turned off, it can be turned on remotely and any features like front or back cameras, microphones and keylogging software can be installed to trace you.

So if your not supporting this site already which brings you news from the Left to the Right (really the same war mongering rubbish) then I could REALLY do with some..

Even if it's just £5 or tick the monthly subscription box and throw a few pound my way each month, it will be much appreciated. Read on to find out why.

Why?

Any support to keep this site would be appreciated. You could set up a monthly subscription for £2 like some people do or you could pay a one off donation as a gift.
I am not asking you to pay me for other people's articles, this is a clearing house as well as place to put my own views out into the world. I am asking for help to write more articles like my recent false flag gas attack to get WWIII started in Syria, and Trump away from Putin. Hopefully a few missiles won't mean a WikiLeaks release of that infamous video Trump apparently made in a Russian bedroom with Prostitutes. Also please note that this article was written just an hour after the papers came out, and I always come back and update them.

If you want to read JUST my own articles then use the top menu I have written hundreds of articles for this site and I host numerous amounts of material that has seen me the victim of hacks, DOS plus I have been kicked off multiple hosting companies, free blogging sites, and I have even had threats to cease and desist from the US armed forces. Therefore I have to pay for my own server which is NOT cheap. The more people who read these article on this site the more it costs me so some support would be much appreciated.

I have backups of removed reports shown, then taken down after pressure, that show collusion between nations and the media. I have the full redacted 28/29 pages from the 9.11 commission on the site which seems to have been forgotten about as we help Saudi Arabia bomb Yemeni kids hiding in the rubble with white phosphorus, an illegal weaapon. One that the Israeli's even used when they bombed the UN compound in Gaza during Operation Cast Lead. We complain about Syrian troops (US Controlled ISIS) using chemical weapons to kill "beautiful babies". I suppose all those babies we kill in Iraq, Yemen, Somalia and Syria are just not beautiful enough for Trumps beautiful baby ratio. Plus we kill about 100 times as many as ISIS or the Syrian army have managed by a factor of about 1000 to 1.

I also have a backup of the FOX News series that looked into Israeli connections to 9.11. Obviously FOX removed that as soon as AIPAC, ADL and the rest of the Hasbra brigade protested.

I also have a copy of the the original Liberal Democrats Freedom Bill which was quickly and quietly removed from their site once they enacted and replaced with some watered down rubbish instead once they got into power. No change to police tactics, protesting or our unfair extradition treaty with the USA but we did get a stop to being clamped on private land instead of the mny great ideas in the original.

So ANY support to keep this site running would be much appreciated! I don't have much money after leaving my job and it is a choice between shutting the server or selling the domain or paying a lot of money just so I can show this material.

Material like the FSB Bombings that put Putin in power or the Google no 1 spot when you search for protecting yourself from UK Police with "how to give a no comment interview". If you see any adverts that interest you then please visit them as it helps me without you even needing to give me any money. A few clicks per visit is all it takes to help keep the servers running and tag any tweets with alternative news from the mainstream with the #altnews hashtag I created to keep it alive!

However if you don't want to use the very obvious and cost free ways (to you) to help the site and keep me writing for it then please consider making a small donation. Especially if you have a few quid sitting in your PayPal account doing nothing useful. Why not do a monthly subscription for less money instead. Will you really notice £5 a month?



css.php