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Latest news from the Network for Police Monitoring (Netpol) - November 2014 update

Latest news from Netpol

November 2014

Face-to-face on policing of anti-fracking protests

We are currently still compiling data gathered from our survey conducted in October on the policing of anti-fracking protests - we will publish the results before the end of the month. Meanwhile, we want to arrange to visit active anti-fracking Protectors Camps to talk to campaigners on the frontline: meeting up face-to-face is by far the most effective way of helping us to understand what the most pressing issues are about the police response to protest camps.

If you would like us to meet up with you, contact Netpol's Coordinator Kevin Blowe at kevin@netpol.org so we can arrange a convenient time.
 

Police hide behind ‘neither confirm or deny’ in the face of protester data requests

Netpol is hearing increasingly from activists that the police will neither confirm nor deny holding personal data about them. We believes there is a policy of deliberately avoiding data protection responsibilities until after a Supreme Court hearing in December, which involves a landmark case that will decide how easy it is for the police to obtain and retain data about protesters. Find our more here.
 

Are anti-terror police recording legitimate journalism as ‘hostile reconnaissance’?

Evidence that the police may hold over 2000 records on journalists and photographers on an anti-terrorism ‘domestic extremist’ database has raised more questions about proportionality, abuse of powers and the freedom of both the press and the public. Find out more here.
 

Counter-terrorism police visit journalist at home over fracking film

Since early last year, Netpol has heard stories about unexpected, intimidatory visits by police to the homes of anti-fracking activists: nineteen people who responded to our recent survey have reported them.

Nina’s experience is a little different: she is a journalist covering the growing protest movement, who recently received a knock on her door by counter terrorism officers. It also raises serious concerns about how far the police are prepared to act on behalf of the private interests of extreme energy companies. Read her story here.
 

Manchester protest panel report ‘a significant missed opportunity’

The headlines said an allegedly 'independent' investigation into the policing of anti-fracking protests at Barton Moss in Salford had “cleared officers of brutality” - despite having never spoken to the law firm that represented most of those arrested. Netpol looks more closely at the report. Find out more here.
 

Netpol needs your support

Netpol's activities monitoring public order, protest and community policing - and challenging excessive and discriminatory policing that threatens civil rights - have grown considerably over the last 12 months. However, we continue to operate on a tiny budget. Can you help by making a small monthly donation to support our work?

You can find out how at netpol.org/about/donations - we really appreciate any help you can offer. 
 

Other News and Comment

  • First undercover police relationships case is settled  - the Campaign Opposing Police Surveillance reports on the first out of court settlement involving Jacqui, who had a long-term relationship and a child with undercover officer Bob Lambert.
  • Spied on by BP - Jess Worth in the New Internationalist explains how she discovered she was the target of surveillance by an international energy company.
  • Blacklisting: this looks like another British establishment cover-up - Dave Smith of the Blacklist Support Group asks whether security services are spying on anti-blacklisting unionists like him to avoid exposure of a systematic conspiracy involving the state.

ABOUT NETPOL

The Network for Police Monitoring (Netpol) seeks to monitor public order, protest and street policing that is excessive, discriminatory or threatens civil rights. We are a network of activists, campaigners, lawyers and researchers sharing knowledge, experience and expertise to effectively challenge policing tactics and strategies that are damaging to the freedoms of all sections of our society.
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