The “Act Of Terror” Of Filming The London Police

In 2010, Londoner Gemma Atkinson was restrained, handcuffed, and threatened with arrest for an “act of terror” after using her phone to film police as they engaged in a random stop-and-frisk of her boyfriend. She launched a legal battle, and, with the money from a settlement, produced the following short film about her experience and how to resist police abuse of power:

7 Comments on "The “Act Of Terror” Of Filming The London Police"

  1. Simon Valentine | May 25, 2013 at 3:53 pm |

    about 5 is the max i’ve dealt with too

    don’t ask me why they say five fingers
    and not 4 fingers and a thumb
    all i know is the powdered sugar went in an envelope to ‘superior officers’ while the rest of the donut went to the bugbears

    it’s the same song and dance
    the same guilt en toto
    the same food cycle

    people with no purpose will imagine the silliest things
    and people will react
    and the legitimacy that results
    is just as bastard as the previous non original

    any work force
    any person
    all as broken as the cars most of them have no idea how to repair
    and if that’s not enough
    encrypt it, brand it, insure it, enforce it, portend, pretend, and whatever other bullshit
    simply because the majority of nice people won’t outright shoot the people who aren’t nice and don’t deserve the nice things they steal to make up for

    nothing to teach if people weren’t incapable of implementing teaching
    and so much to learn from nothing

  2. They didn’t know they broke the law? I’ll try that next time on a pig.

  3. BuzzCoastin | May 25, 2013 at 6:58 pm |

    they better take all the CCTV cameras down
    it’s an act of terrorism to film a police officer

    • DrDavidKelly | May 25, 2013 at 7:06 pm |

      That’s state sanctioned photography. Totally legit.

      • BuzzCoastin | May 25, 2013 at 7:13 pm |

        true but
        if the law doesn’t have that exclusion in it
        then technically the CCTV is illegal
        but their actions are consistent with their studied hypocrisy

        • DrDavidKelly | May 25, 2013 at 7:56 pm |

          True dat. Maybe if a terrorist got a hold of some CCTV footage and used it to perpetrate an attack? The cops might have a case.

  4. DrDavidKelly | May 25, 2013 at 8:00 pm |

    I’ve always thought igorance of the law is the best defense. Apparently it is not. We all should know the 4,788 statutes and 56,700 legal codes. Even the cops don’t seem to know the law fully which is kinda like having a doctor with only a partial knowledge of antomy.

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