UNITED KINGDOM: Met ‘potentially acted unlawfully’ in policing of Black Lives Matter protests

Extract from article published on Morning Star, 8 June 2020 – accessible here

Human rights groups have accused the Metropolitan Police of “potentially unlawful” actions against Black Lives Matter protesters in London over the weekend.

“The police grouped together a large number of protesters and stated that if they wished to leave they would have to give their name, address, date of birth and be filmed from head-to-toe,” the legal observer group said in a joint statement with Liberty.

The group said that protesters were told that this was being done under Section 50 of the Police Reform Act 2002, which gives officers powers to require a person to give their details if they are reasonably believed to have committed anti-social behaviour.

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