As a former policeman I find it difficult to express my feelings about this, but ever since 1997 the govt have been turning the police into a bunch of jackbooted thugs ever ready to do the govts bidding to trample over the hard won freedoms of the British people.
Indeed, the BBC report that
Police are too heavy-handed in dealing with protests, harassing and intimidating people, a leading parliamentary committee has said.
The Joint Select Committee on Human Rights also criticised the misuse of legislation used against demonstrators.
It says peaceful protesters have had personal property seized and have been intimidated by police.
It wants tighter restrictions to prevent the use of anti-terrorism laws. Police say they are acting lawfully.
The committee also said police were too heavy-handed with journalists reporting on demonstrations. It comes as police forces prepare to deal with large-scale protests in London ahead of the G20 summit.
In a statement, the committee said police had used “legal powers not designed to deal with protests such as anti-social behaviour legislation and the Protection from Harassment Act 1997″.
It added: “Witnesses also referred to local authority restrictions deterring protest, such as requiring third party insurance or licences for the use of sound equipment.”
It also found the use of officers in riot gear to police protests could “unnecessarily raise the temperature” of crowds, making conflict more likely, and said police should not be using Taser stun guns at peaceful protests.
The police must be made accountable which is why Libertarian party policy is to have elcted chief constables and to scrap all the new anti terror laws that the labour govt have introduced.
It’s not really the fault of your local ‘bobby on the beat’, it’s more to do with the open politicization of the top ranks of the police and the deliberate introduction of authoritarianism, for example the database state.
A quarter of all government databases are illegal and should be scrapped or redesigned, according to a report.
The Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust says storing information leads to vulnerable people, such as young black men, single parents and children, being victimised.
It says the UK’s “database state” wastes billions from the public purse and often breaches human rights laws.
The government spends £16bn a year on databases and plans to spend a further £105bn on projects over five years but does not know the precise number of the “thousands” of systems it operates, the trust claims.
In the wake of numerous data loss scandals, the cross-party trust – which campaigns for civil liberties and social justice – examined 46 public sector systems.
It said 11 were “almost certainly” illegal under human rights or data protection laws.
These included the national DNA database and ContactPoint, an index of biographical and contact information on all children in England which notes their relationship with public services.
Meanwhile, the Department for Work and Pensions is developing an £89m data-sharing system for anyone issued with a National Insurance number, accessible to 140,000 government staff and 445 local authorities.
Staff at 30 councils have already abused the system and information has been made available to private firms, according to the trust.
Needless to say that the Libertarian party would scrap all this and return peoples right to privicy as well as saving the taxpayer £105billion.