Some Bitch writes: The European Court of Human Rights ruled the UK police stop and search powers illegal back in January following a 7 year battle by human rights group Liberty, a decision which led the government to appeal and that appeal was rejected a week ago. Today the government changed the rules to require reasonable suspicion of terrist activity before a stop and search can take place. Liberty welcomed the move saying, "To our knowledge, it has never helped catch a single terrorist. This is a very important day for personal privacy, protest rights and race equality in Britain."
Some Bitch writes: Following severalinstancesofofficers misrepresenting their powers under the Anti-Terrorism Act, London Metropolitan Police have issued guidelines reminding both officers and the public of their rights and specifically reminding the police that section 58a does not forbid photography of on duty police. The guidance from the Met can be found here and the British Journal of Photography's coverage can be found here.