I have been absolutely horrified by a recent incident which I will explain: My son, Mad Mac Jnr who is 14 years old has been enduring a term long disagreement with another school pupil, (of the same age and year) and on numerous occasions has, quite sensibly walked away when offered violence to solve the matter. My son finally had enough and punched the other pupil once in a hope that this would end the matter at the conclusion of the school term. The other pupil backed down and he assumed that this would end the matter. Imagine my surprise when the police came knocking at the door stating that there had been an allegation of assault (sect 47) against Mad Mac Jnr and could I accompany him to the station to take a statement at my convenience. Being a responsible parent I agreed. My surprise turned to one of indignation when on arrival at the police station he was formally arrested. I stated that he was at the station voluntarily under my supervision to give a statement. I was told that under the new SOCO powers arrest is now automatic and that he would be duly processed for fingerprints and DNA profiling. I objected to the DNA sample being taken for the following reasons: Keeping innocent people's DNA profiles on a Database permanently is an infringement of fundamental human rights. Keeping DNA permanently from people convicted of minor offences is excessive. There is no reason to think you might go on to commit the type of crime where DNA evidence might be relevant. I was concerned that permanent retention of this record might lead to Mad Mac Jnr being unfairly refused a job or visa in the future, or that it will be used to undermine his privacy, for example by investigating who he is related to. The database is being used for research purposes. Under the Human Tissue Act I should have to give my consent to genetic research and it is wrong to remove my right to refuse to take part in controversial research. I was not aware that private companies and others would be given access to the NDNAD for genetic research and I have not given my consent to this. I was told that the new laws stated that parental consent was not required if someone was placed under arrest even if the subsequent allegations were proved false and the data obtained would be kept permanently on file. I explained to the police that whilst I did not condone Mad Mac Jnrs actions I had a degree of sympathy with him and admired his self control. (when I was younger one punch was oft not enough to reinforce your point and on occasions our friendly school gym master used to issue the arguing pair with a pair of 16oz boxing gloves for an impromptu boxing match which resolved any differences and provided some damn fine entertainment for both teachers and pupils). I explained that this was a "schoolyard scuffle" and to carry out these procedures was oppresive and draconian. I pointed out to police that my parental justice would be ten times worse than anything the state could impose. The police were sympathetic and totally agreed with my point of view but also stated off the record that there hands were tied and they must be seen to carry out governmental policy with swift youth justice. I have been incensed to read similar incidents links as follows: DNA Taken I have also read a case of a 10 year old girl cited for criminal damage for chalking a hopscotch on tarmac. Can`t find the link though. Not only are we in danger of crimanalising an entire generation, but I have severe reservations about all the sh*tholes in the world we have all served to impose our ideals of democracy only to find out that the very country which we fight for has in my abscence turned into a police state. These new laws were imposed to aid the war on terrorism. That is obviously not the case and these laws are being abused by the Government and the police. I was also under the impression that a democracy was "police by consent". Welcome to the police state, where all the populations DNA profiles will at some stage be collected for litter dropping/motoring offences. I seem to remember someone`s post script stating " Someone should tell T Bliar that George Orwells novel "1984" was a fictional novel and not an instruction manual. The future populations DNA information is currently being collected on a non conscensual basis and by stealth.l I am currently writing to my MP and also the Chief Constable expressing my concerns on abuse of power. I would be interested to hear of other ARRSERS experiences and views on this sad politically correct society. From an enraged but responsible parent. Rant over until I take on the Government.