Policing the police; what can you do when the police act unlawfully?

Image courtesy of Stefan Weil – support his work here The BPLS Legal Observers work hard to document police conduct at marches. However, the police often misuse their powers in all sorts of contexts and we can’t always be there. Here are some tips on how to hold the police to account. Whether you’re inContinue reading “Policing the police; what can you do when the police act unlawfully?”

Discrimination by design: The ramifications of of Facial Recognition Technology

Facial recognition is all around us. Many instinctively rely on logging in to their iPhones by glancing at the camera rather than trying to remember their pin, and some of us remain accustomed to walking through airport security without having to get our passports out. But the sinister ramifications of this technology are becoming moreContinue reading “Discrimination by design: The ramifications of of Facial Recognition Technology”

Understanding the Coronavirus Regulations while protesting

Image courtesy of Stefan Weil – support his work here The protest exemption has been re-instated in Steps 1 and 2 of the new Coronavirus Regulations. Read our advice about what to do if you are arrested here. The Coronavirus laws have caused confusion amongst the public, the police, and politicians alike. In March 2020,Continue reading “Understanding the Coronavirus Regulations while protesting”

BPLS Legal Observers have both witnessed and been victim to police discrimination

Image courtesy of Stefan Weil – support his work here In a powerful essay, Patricia Daley and Queenie Djan have explained the experience of our Legal Observers at BLM protests, and how the police officers’ reactions have only illustrated the need for us to be there. “Our Black and Brown legal observers were repeatedly threatenedContinue reading “BPLS Legal Observers have both witnessed and been victim to police discrimination”

Protesting Professionally: know your employment rights while you march

Image of a BLM protest courtesy of Stefan Weil – support his work here Peaceful protest is a vital part of political engagement in the UK. From the suffragists 50,000-woman march in 1913 to extinction rebellion street occupations in 2019, law-abiding citizens have shown their support for political ideals by peacefully congregating for centuries. InContinue reading “Protesting Professionally: know your employment rights while you march”

A black community leader is threatened with an unjust arrest… again

Image from Guardian article Ken Hinds has been a strong voice at BLM protests across London over the last few months. The community leader and advocate has been fighting for community cohesion and against discrimination and misconduct by the police for decades. It is therefore unsurprising that he has also taken up the call forContinue reading “A black community leader is threatened with an unjust arrest… again”

Under pressure? Everything you need to know about kettling

At almost 2am on the morning of 8th June, a police officer finally stepped aside to let Monique start the long walk home. She had been held by the police in the street for 6 hours. She had not been arrested, had not committed a crime, or even been accused of one. Monique was aContinue reading “Under pressure? Everything you need to know about kettling”

Ed Bridges and Liberty win a monumental victory against Facial Recognition Technology

The use of automated facial recognition technology (AFR) has caused outrage across the world, particularly through the irresponsible practices of its users The issue of AFR has many heads, including whether the technology is used by public or private bodies, where developers can source individuals’ images from, the confirmed bias in most versions of theContinue reading “Ed Bridges and Liberty win a monumental victory against Facial Recognition Technology”

The disproportionate actions of police in black areas is illustrated once again

Stop-and-searches have a documented history of being used disproportionately against black populations in London since the ‘Sus Laws’ of the 1800’s. Unfortunately, despite multiple objective studies (including the government’s own most recent data) showing that this practice still continues without any relation to actual criminality rates and causing intense distrust between the police and BBRGContinue reading “The disproportionate actions of police in black areas is illustrated once again”