How was it justified? Was he proescuted? Was he concealing weapons or other prohibited material?Seems the search was justified but what screwed them was they never had shoulder numbers on show, which is very stupid not to considering they are dealing with a filming incident
Sticking a camera in my face will result in my using it on you for a DIY colonoscopyI don't understand the point of overtly testing / challenging / goading someone (whatever their job); don't these "auditors" (as someone put it) understand that the copper etc will behave better when they know they;re being filmed ?
I spent over 10 years exercising close PERSEC because of my roles in MOD and across Whitehall, retiring over two years ago. I've served widely on ops and closely supported other HMG activity and on the basis of this experience, I do not lose sleep over the often-annoying (but legal) activities of AB. I do lose sleep over the gaffs he exposes - constables and security guards abusing their oft-limited powers - and very poor opsec. Perhaps the various constabularies should use these videos as an audit of their own site security?Speaks volumes about some of the active users in my opinion.
No, I don't, however: firstly this is unlikely to be in public and secondly could be construed as harassment if it is a repetitive or habitual act. Taking photographs of people in public does not require their permissions; the exception is if the images (say, of children) are thought to be indecent. We might not like this but neither is it against the law.1. Do you believe its acceptable to point a camera in somebodies face, lets say when they're eating a meal with friends chatting and record?
In some cases, yes (see my earlier post). But except for sites specified under SOCA 2005, it is not illegal. See also Google Street view.2. Do you understand that there are legitimate security concerns around recording areas, like around police stations, prisons, banks etc.?
Then can enquire, in accordance with the legislation and not for example, detain an individual because of an Inspector being 'pissed off' on the basis of filming a building from a public place, as seen in Merthyr Tydfil.3. Do you believe that if a person is seen/reported as acting suspiciously then the police can legitimately enquire as to what they're doing?
In accordance with the appropriate legislation, if they suspect that the individual has committed an offence, otherwise they have no authority to do so.4. Do you believe that if the police when making enquiries as per 3 above ask you to identify yourself that you should refuse to do so?
Largely (though not exclusively) a civil matter, and involves private property and buildings/areas designated as such, therefore not public places.5. Are you familiar with the laws regarding trespass? i.e. if you're asked by the the legal authority in charge of a building, business or facility (the duty manager as an example) to leave then you should leave or risk being arrested for trespass.