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

Latest news from Netpol

August 2014


Netpol-trained Community Monitors at Birmingham's Simmer Down Reggae Festival in July
 

Attending 'Reclaim The Power'? Come to our workshop on resisting police surveillance

Starting today and continuing until 20 August, this year's 'Reclaim the Power' camp is taking place near Blackpool and Netpol is hosting a workshop there on 'Resisting Police Surveillance of Activists'.

If you are planning to attend the camp, join us on Sunday 17 August at 5pm (after the Solidarity Sunday event) to the Social Space at the Legal Tent. You can sign up on FaceBook here and find out more about Reclaim the Power (including its exact location) at No Dash For Gas.

Netpol is calling for 'Reclaim the Power' campers to avoid contact with the controversial Police Liaison Officers (PLOs) - we have released a video of a PLO pointing out anti-fracking protesters as targets for arrest at Barton Moss.
 

Are the police and fracking companies in each others pockets?

Freedom of Information requests by Netpol have revealed 'memoranda of understanding' between extreme energy companies Cuardrilla and IGas and the police in Sussex and Greater Manchester, which raise further questions about the impartiality of the policing of anti-fracking protests. Find out more here.
 

Greater Manchester Police under scrutiny

Over the last month, Netpol has published allegations that Greater Manchester Police (GMP) officers at recent pro-Palestine protests have been failing to display their shoulder identification numbers, in breach of force regulations. Meanwhile, the Greater Manchester Association of Trades Councils has called for a comprehensive review of GMP's specialist public order Tactical Aid Unit.

Now GMP Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy faces calls for his suspension after the Independent Police Complaints Commission began an criminal misconduct investigation against him.
 

Abolish police bail for  protest arrests

In response to consultation by the College of Policing, Netpol has called for the abolition of police bail conditions for protest arrests. Read our submission 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

  • Kedem Picket and the GMP: A report from the Northern Police Monitoring Project on protests in Manchester calling for the boycott of Israeli goods.
  • Alarming intimidation by Sussex Police - Brighton queer anti-austerity activist Beth Granter on harassment by police and council officers in the approach to Brighton Pride.
  • Undercover police spied on black justice campaigns and grieving families  - the police investigation into the activities of the Met's Special Demonstration Squad reveals undercover officers gathered information relating to 18 families and campaigns for justice over the course of 35 years.
  • Habib Ullah death: Family anger over lack of criminal charges: five Thames Valley Police officers who escaped criminal prosecution will instead face gross misconduct charges.
  • Metropolitan Police files reveal 'endemic corruption': an internal review of crate-loads of files has revealed that organised crime networks were able to infiltrate the Met "at will".

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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