Sunday, June 21, 2009

FIT Watch - Emily Apple and Val Swain - arrested for asking for badge number

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'...


Anonymous said...

The police are the greatest enemy of any free man. They're nothing but pseudo-macho cowards who get off on abusing their power.

Anonymous said...

The British people as whole are well known for there tolerance of the intolerable, but everything has a limit.
I predict a day when humble citizens of this country will reject the swaggering policing methods that are currently being used on not-guilty civilians.
Hopefully it will be a peaceful process, but sometimes you've got to break a few eggs to make an omelette eh?

Anonymous said...

This is an absolute disgrace. However no real surprise as most people who go into the police force are narcissists and control freaks.....this makes me so angry the whole country should protest against the treatment of innocent people. It is assolutely disgusting and i wish when the police arrested me i had someone there to film the way they treated me. They carry on because they are allowed to just get away with it. They should be sacked and put in prison for what they do.

Anonymous said...

That's an absolute disgrace. I hope the officers are prosecuted and sacked.

Anonymous said...

This is bloody disgraceful, there is no valid reason for hiding a collar number, it does not give away an officer's name and address which would be the only justification otherwise.

The officers who did this must be sacked immediately, including their supervisor, they are a disgrace to a free society and belong in the dark old days of the SS and the Stasi, they have no place in our society whatsoever.

If they get away with this it will just be yet another step down the slippery slope to a police state where we are afraid even to make eye-contact with them. They have no relation to police officers in the British sense of the word any longer.

Lyn (retired police officer)

Brian said...

Cool it guys - this is what you Guardian readers wanted when you voted Labour isn't it?
Gordon Brown is only making sure that dangerous people like liberals, environmentalists and the intelligentia are brought under control. That's what Socialism means - or did you really think Labour stood for the rights of the ordinary person?
We are more monitored and controlled than ever before, and Gordon wants even more police control. We have been warned, but if we fail to act don't complain later.