Thursday, June 18, 2009

More news that the Police are pissing people off again.

Oh yes, the Police are pissing off more people, yet again. Nice piece in the newspaper today about the abuse of Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 by the Police.

White members of the public are being unlawfully detained by the police in order to give "racial balance" to stop-and-search statistics, a report by the Government's watchdog on terror laws has found. Lord Carlile, the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, said he knew of cases where suspects were stopped by officers even though there was no evidence or suspicion against them. He said police were carrying out the searches on people they had no basis for suspecting so they could avoid accusations of prejudice. But the peer said police should stop trying to balance the figures, and it may be that an "ethnic imbalance" is a "proportional consequence" of policing.

Figures released earlier this year revealed a huge increase in searches using Section 44 powers. Officers in England and Wales used the powers to search 124,687 people in 2007-08, up from 41,924 in 2006-07. Only 1 per cent of searches led to an arrest. Nearly 90 per cent of the searches were carried out by the Metropolitan Police, which recorded a 266 per cent increase in its use of the power. Officers in London use Section 44 to carry out stop and search between 8,000 and 10,000 times a month.

Well, this whole story just stinks. First the Police pick on the non-white Muslims then they pick on everyone else to fiddle the statistics. Look at the large numbers of tax payers, the very people who pay their wages, they are pissing off under the disguise of the Terrorism Act 2000. This has got to stop. The Police are marvelous at wasting peoples' time with their stop and search, just because they can.

There were more road closures recently in Cardiff when the Police decided on their whim to close Westgate Street in our City Centre because Oasis and Take That were playing at the Millennium Stadium. There is no warning given, they just throw some cones across the road and grin at you like monkeys. The local bus services are thrown into disarray and the passengers do not know if the bus station is open or closed.

Driving into Sheffield yesterday afternoon along the A61 between Meadowhead and Woodseats I spotted a parked white van. This van was parked the wrong way, that is facing oncoming traffic, on a slight left-hand bend so that the sign writing on the side was not clearly visible to approaching drivers. There was nobody sat in the front of this white van but there was a small device attached to the windscreen. As I got closer I could see that a camera was attached to the windscreen, not an ordinary camera but a speed camera. As I drove slowly past to make the following traffic slow down (and not trip the device) and to register a protest, I could see the familiar sign writing of the revenue grabbing speed camera partnership. Looking in my mirror I could see no devices looking out of the back of this van.

This was the first time I have seen a forward facing speed camera van. Rear facing speed camera vans stick out like a sore thumb. This tactic is very underhand and it shows just how rotten the Police are to the tax paying public. If there ever was a suitable training location for our home grown terrorists to try out an Improvised Explosive Device then I strongly suggest a speed camera van.
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