Don’t Panic: What to expect if you are arrested at a protest

Image courtesy of Stefan Weil – support his work here This article is about general arrest powers at protests, not covid arrests. The covid regulations change regularly, and can be different in different areas. See our Understanding the Coronavirus Regulations While Protesting article for an overview of the restrictions, and check the most recent regulationsContinue reading “Don’t Panic: What to expect if you are arrested at a protest”

Institutional Racism: what racial discrimination by the police looks like, and what to do about it

Image courtesy of Misan Harriman – 2020 Racial discrimination can be difficult to pin down as an individual. How do you know if a police officer is discriminating against you when they act in a certain way? You might be unsure whether they act this way towards everyone. If you do raise it, the officer might explicitlyContinue reading “Institutional Racism: what racial discrimination by the police looks like, and what to do about it”

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?”

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”

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”

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”