Friday, April 10, 2009

More photography not less

Ian Tomlinson's tragic death continues to be a cause of grave concern. The Guardian expresses it's worries about the independence of the IPCC and the truthfulness of the police force, and there are some very interesting blog posts on the topic.

Some key questions are:
was this an isolated incident or the inevitable outcome of a wider policing policy?
why did the IPCC unquestioningly accept the police account of events until the video evidence was released?
where is the CCTV footage taken that day?
where is the police video and photographic material generated on the day (or is it illegal for a police officer to take a photo of a police officer)?

This is a matter not just for the UK but for anyone who is concerned about human rights and civil liberties.

Ireland has a worrying tendency to follow in the footsteps of the UK, and it's not as if we haven't had our own controversies about how the GardaĆ­ have policed public protests.

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