Arrested for requesting a policeman’s badge number

From the Guardian today, shocking footage of two women being arrested at Kingsnorth climate camp in Kent last year.

The women had asked police officers who were not displaying their badge numbers, to identify themselves. They were arrested for “obstructing a police officer.”

The video, made by police surveillance officers, shows an officer holding one woman by the neck and the other woman being laid face down on the ground before having her legs bound.

Emily Apple and Val Swain were held in custody for four days but all charges against the women were later dropped.

They have complained to the Independent Police Complaints Commission and investigators will review the video as evidence.

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9 Comments

  • Gosh. Labour Britain. Doesn’t it make you feel goooood to be in a Socialist nation? (NO!)

  • Herbert Brown 22nd Jun '09 - 12:41am

    “Those officers should be sacked, as should any refusing to wear their number clearly visible.”

    Actually, what they were doing looked like a pretty serious assault to me, so why shouldn’t they be prosecuted?

  • I have seen this and I am so shocked and sickened by it I am fuming with rage at these brutal KGB thugs dressed up as British police officers. Pastor Niemoller’s poem comes to mind: “First they came for the communists….”

    Can we start a legal fund to pay for prosecution for assault?

    Clegg, please say something about this now. It is an outrage against freedom of expression and protest.

  • Time to arrest & prosecute police thugs. Any police not wearing numbers should be sacked instantly.

  • 4 days, They were held for 4 days.

    That is astonishing.

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