THE GUARDIAN (Sunday) exclusive:
The Guardian has obtained this police footage of FitWatch members Emily Apple and Val Swain being arrested by surveillance officers from the Forward Intelligence Team (FIT) after asking for their badge numbers at the Kingsnorth climate camp last year. The two women speak to Paul Lewis about their arrest, imprisonment and official complaint.
What was Emily Apple's crime again? Well, she's there as part of FitWatch to make sure that all patrolling policemen are, at all times, publicly displaying their badge numbers. You'd want this so that you can cite the number should an officer try to arrest you for no crime at all or go outside their jurisdiction. The arresting officers, using nerve point restraint techniques, had stripped off their badge numbers before policing this event.
Val Swain was the FitWatch photographer. You did know that taking a photo of the police is now a criminal offense right? You've seen the recent spate of Police Face Pixellations in the media when reporting incidents? You've all seen the mis-use or simple abuse of the power to Tase a perp? Why don't they just put them all in Star Wars stormtrooper helmets and have it done with?
Remember, in George Orwell's 1984, it was described as 'a jackboot stomping on a human face forever'...