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David Simon on Baltimore’s Anguish | The Marshall Project
David Simon ("The Wire", "Homicide") blames the drug war for the breakdown of trust between the police and the community following the abandonment of constitutional protections. Points out that the police force is largely black. Petyr Baelish really did cook the crime stats, too.
baltimore  the-wire  david-simon  drugs  police  politics 
may 2015 by pw201
Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation
"I am an independent Q.C. and not part of the government machine. I am tasked with reviewing the operation of the United Kingdom’s anti-terrorism laws. Where I am critical, I recommend change. My reports and recommendations are submitted to ministers and laid before Parliament." Interesting blog posts and reports on the police use of their anti-terrorism powers.
law  politics  terrorism  police 
august 2013 by pw201
New Statesman - The bugger, bugged
"After a chance meeting with a former News of the World executive who told him his phone had been hacked, Hugh Grant couldn’t resist going back to him – with a hidden tape recorder – to find out if there was more to the story . . . " Coppers taking backhanders from journos, oh my. No wonder the Met dragged their feet about the phone hacking case.
news  journalism  crime  phones  privacy  surveillance  police  hugh-grant  hacking 
april 2011 by pw201
"Don't Talk to the Police" by Professor James Duane
Of course, in the UK, we don't have an unqualified right to silence, but this stuff's interesting anyway. There's a follow-on video where a police officer responds and says the professor is right :-)
law  video  police  legal  lectures  rights 
march 2011 by pw201
Heresy Corner: Sir Ian Blair defends the indefensible
I do try not to link to every single thing Heresiarch posts, but this is a particularly good one. " Evidence that the powers have been used inappropriately is not hard to find. Much more striking is the lack of evidence that the powers have ever been used appropriately. No terrorism-related charges have been brought against anyone as a result of a search carried out under the 2000 Terrorism Act".
terrorism  politics  ian-blair  crime  police 
january 2010 by pw201
No more singing policemen | Martin Samuel - Times Online
"The police keep abdicating their responsibility: to protect us from violent yobs" Coppers commenting say they're hamstrung, but it's clear a sea change is needed.
police  crime  violence  street-crime  politics  chav 
january 2008 by pw201

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