Update 28 October – 25 November

Both the Undercover Research Group and Netpol have been particularly busy in November with, respectively, the start of the Undercover Policing Inquiry and the launch of a new report on the policing of this summer’s Black Lives Matter protests. We have not had the capacity to update this blog as regularly as usual. This is,Continue reading “Update 28 October – 25 November”

1 – 12 October Update

POLICING On 2 October it was reported that the Metropolitan Police had launched an investigation into Scottish National Party MP Margaret Ferrier, over alleged breaches of coronavirus rules that included travelling by train journey between London and Glasgow after receiving a positive Covid-19 test. Ten days on, she continues to resist calls to resign asContinue reading “1 – 12 October Update”

Villains of The Pandemic

Kevin Blowe and Eveline Lubbers This article was written in the summer of 2020 and first appeared in issue 85 of the Haldane Society magazine Socialist Lawyer When the Network for Police Monitoring (Netpol) and the Undercover Research Group started the “Policing The Corona State” diary1 back in March to document the policing of Britain’sContinue reading “Villains of The Pandemic”

30 July – 5 August 2020 Update

POLICING On 30 July, Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced new coronavirus regulations on social gatherings affected a number of areas in the north of England, including Greater Manchester and large parts of West Yorkshire and Lancashire. This “northern lockdown” began on 31 July and meant that people in these areas were no longer permitted toContinue reading “30 July – 5 August 2020 Update”

20-29 July 2020 Update

POLICING The latest figures released by the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) show that men aged 18 to 34 from ethnic minority groups were twice as likely to be fined for breaching lockdown coronavirus regulations as young White men. This confirmation of racial disparity is included in a report, “Policing the Pandemic: Detailed analysis onContinue reading “20-29 July 2020 Update”

19-21 June Update

POLICING In Glasgow, on Saturday, the police disrupted a socially-distanced Black Lives Matter protest at George Square, kettling protesters with dangerous disregard for their health, keeping them contained for several hours, before moving protesters to another square and letting them go little by little. Good thread reporting the events by video. Warnings by police aboutContinue reading “19-21 June Update”