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Abuse of police powers in Derby
L | 17.03.2005 18:09 – http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2005/03/306801.html

Police in Derby this afternoon made around a dozen arrests during a critical mass bike ride in the city center. The arrests were made using section 14 of the public order act which is supposed to be used in relation to public assembles and allows police to limit numbers and restrict the location and duration of an assemble. Further more, offences under sections 14 are minor offences only punishable by a fine and not an "arrestable offence" under Section 24 of PACE. The police are increasingly abusing their powers in relation to section 12 and 14 of the public order act and charges are frequently dropped and many people have successfully sued the police for compensation in relation to unlawful detention.

Useful information about your rights, abuse of the law by police and the possiblity of sueing the police can be found on http://www.freebeagles.org/articles.html

see media article: Protestors arrested at G8 summit (BBC 17/3/2005)

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