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Chatham High Street photographer arrested

This is an outrage not dissimilar to this, and it illustrates perfectly how we have meekly allowed our freedoms and rights to be stolen by the Blair/Brown regime in the interests of TWAT (The War Against Terror) . I cannot believe that a policewoman can assert that she felt threatened by a man with a camera because he was 5’11” and only 12 stone in weight, despite her being assisted by a number of other officers and plain clothed unidentified individuals.

Just when, exactly, are some police officers and council employees going to thoroughly understand that amateur photography is a hobby and that it provides us with a social documentary of the life and times that we live in, something which future generationes will pore over with interest?  What surprises me is that so few people with mobile phones glued to their ears are stopped and searched by police under counter terrorism legislation to ascertain if the phone is capable of detonating an IED (improvised explosive device) – no, no, it’s always the poor guy with an SLR camera who gets stopped and searched.

I hope Alex gets full redress, a full apology, and some form of compensation, I note that he says he’s been stopped a dozen times in his area, I’m lucky to have only been stopped once, and it isn’t a pleasant experience.

Obviously the Met’s advice hasn’t percolated a few miles down the road to Kent yet.

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Written by curly

July 16, 2009 at 9:31 am

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