Thursday, August 7, 2008

UK Cops: Photos = Assault?

More silliness from the formerly-Great Britain:
A householder who took photographs of hooded teenagers as evidence of their anti-social behaviour says he was told he was breaking the law after they called the police.

David Green, 64, and his neighbours had been plagued by the youths from a nearby comprehensive school for months, and was advised by their headmaster to identify them so action could be taken.

But when Mr Green left his £1million London flat to take photographs of the gang, who were aged around 17, he said one threatened to kill him while another called the police on his mobile.

And he claimed that a Police Community Support Officer sent to the scene promptly issued a warning that taking pictures of youths without permission was illegal, and could lead to a charge of assault.

Article here. It's hard to see how merely taking a photograph, without more, of a person in a public place constitutes the crime of assault. Maybe he was carrying an "assault camera"? :)

Or perhaps this is just one more example of how out of control and out of touch the British justice system has become.

1 comment:

Mulligan said...

guns, knives, cameras, .. what's next for GB? will the people have to remove their eyes so they can't see the criminals?