Police

“In Ferguson, a wound bleeds” – open letter from protesters November 2014

Protestors in Ferguson have posted an open letter after a grand jury decided not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of unarmed 18-year old Michael Brown back in August 2014

Blair Peach: Blood on the streets November 2014

David Renton recalls the events in Southall in 1979 at which the anti-fascist demonstrator, Blair Peach, was murdered by police

My spy October 2014

Mark Thomas and Merrick Badger met at the Edinburgh Fringe festival to discuss their experiences of being spied on

How the cops try to predict our next move November 2013

As civil dissent ramps up, UK secret police discover new modes of repression. Kevin Blowe reports on cops, ‘kettles’ and a database profiling thousands of activists

Untouchables: a different way to make sense of Leveson December 2012

Untouchables: dirty cops, bent justice and racism in Scotland Yard, by Michael Gillard and Laurie Flynn, reviewed by Kevin Blowe

The Olympics’ security legacy July 2012

Hosting the Olympics could have a serious impact on the civil liberties of people in east London, writes local resident and community activist Kevin Blowe

From kettles to courtrooms: The police crackdown on protest March 2012

Nina Power explores the significance of the new policing regime facing protesters

Unfair cops: it’s not about ‘bad apples’ December 2011

After the News of the World scandal and the death of Mark Duggan, Val Swain asks ‘who will police the police?’

For the record: what the police will know about you March 2011

Val Swain looks at how the police are set to grab even more 'intelligence' data

Policing the police August 2009

The police are no more our servants than corporations or the media. Kevin Blowe examines how the government's increasingly authoritarian approach to crime and security has enabled the police to emerge from a series of scandals and controversies with their powers enhanced. He argues that campaigners need to radically rethink their approach to policing in Britain

From Orgreave to the City June 2009

Police brutality during public disturbances is nothing new. Neither is the tendency of the mainstream media to repeat police claims of provocation by demonstrators uncritically. Rhian Jones sketches the recent history, highlighting what is distinctive about the situation today

Off the ball June 2009

Ordinary football fans are often the victims of the sort of policing that hit the headlines in the G20 protests. Steve Powell from the Football Supporters' Federation calls foul on the abuse of police powers

Stop and search under the Terrorism Act June 2009

The Terrorism Act of 2000 dramatically increased police powers to stop and search. David Mery gives the lowdown

Give it arrest May 2009

Tariq Mehmood tells how he suffered at the hands of police stop and search

Watching the watchers May 2009

How does the argument go again - it's only those with something to hide who object to increasing surveillance? So the same applies to 'sousveillance', doesn't it, and turning the came ras on those who normally do the surveillance? By Clare Coatman

A fair cop: the police and the public May 2009

Our special feature, to be continued in future issues and on our website, looks at policing - and policing the police - in modern Britain

FIT for purpose? December 2008

SchNEWS swings a long lens towards state surveillance






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