A nice little follow up to my last post on terrorism.. I was shooting in the city today when the 2 coppers stopped me and asked me what I was doing. I am taking pictures. Pictures of what? Pictures of nothing and everything. Apparently someone reported me for looking suspicious. They also said that they i might have matched the description (a man with a camera seemed to be the most precise description they could give me) of someone suspicious taking pictures of Bank station earlier today. I was never there. They seemed to have made that up as an excuse for stopping me. Thankfully, with the new terrorism act, they don't really need any grounds of suspicious to stop and search anyone!
The back of this slip explains your rights as a citizen when getting stopped by police. It states that police officers need strong grounds for suspecting you to be involved in criminal activity. i.e they have seen you carrying a knife, which gives them the right to stop and search you. As you carrying reading, you get to the section 44 act (terrorism) which states that they do not need any ground for suspition to stop you! Well there goes your initial human right! and in this case mine. They questionned me, took my oyster card number (got rid of that!), credit card number, address, website (bit of advertisment), checked my photos on my phone, my notes i had in my back pocket, searched me. Remember that I have done nothing against the law yet. Exept from this next photo. Cause recently they passed a new law where you are not allowed to take photos of police anymore (more terrorism security). If i was gonna be treated like a criminal, I might as well break to the law! Notice how gay I managed to make him look!
After they gave me the pink slip, they wanted to photocopy my notes. By this time I had spend half an hour with these idiots, i missed my lunch and I was getting impatient and pissed. I refused to let them do that so they copied useless info onto they pad. I insisted to take a photo of that for my own record.
Great day as a british citizen. I'll be sure to break the law more often. To make it all worth while. See you on Wednesday!
Some info on photographers' rights here