Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Citizen journalist assaulted and set up by a UK police officer

During Fracking protests last month, Steven Peers, a Citizen journalist attempted to film an arrest. Continuing to be shoved away from the scene, the journalist is suddenly accused of drinking, a clear attempt by the officer to intimidate and coerce the man into leaving.
Pushy cop on left and Dr Steven Peers filming on the right

Dr Steven Peers, who was filming the demonstration at Barton Moss in Salford, was arrested for refusing a breath test after the policeman accused him of driving to the site drunk. “Are you drunk? Have you been drinking this morning,” the officer begins repeating.

Despite only drinking tea, the Citizen journalist was harassed and pushed away from the scene and the arrested for refusing to do a breathalyser test.
When he came to court this was the result-

Prosecution - "The prosecution is not satisfied that there is sufficient
evidence to substantiate the charge, therefore we withdraw the case"
Clerk - " Do you understand that the prosecution is withdrawing its case"
Citizen journalist  - "No I do not understand, but I do comprehend"
Magistrate - "Whether you understand or comprehend, the prosecution is
withdrawing its case, so the case is dismissed and you are free to go"

A worrying case of how Police are using any tactic to stop people filming.
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