Fri, 30 Jun 2006
I've added a link to a PDF of the draft statement
. If you've got the time to have a look at it and have any suggestion for improvement, please send me an email
My complaint has now been recorded.
The IPCC can't offer any guidance, but a solicitor suggests I can write the statement on my own and offers some helpful advice.
I decide that a full investigation is the most appropriate option and start working on a draft statement.
Thu, 22 Jun 2006
Meeting John Roberts, Chair of the Stop & Search Scrutiny Board at the Metropolitan Police Association (MPA).
Phone call from the Investigative Officer tasked with my complaint against the Police. I need to decide what process the complaint should follow and start working on a statement. If you have any experience in these matters and are willing to offer some advice, please read on and contact me.
Tue, 20 Jun 2006
My complaint against the Police is considered serious enough for the IPCC to supervise the investigation that will be conducted by the Professional Standards Department of the Metropolitan police.
Lord Carlile publishes his Report on the operation in 2005 of the Terrorism Act 2000
Added some new advice (taken from the main text) in the 'what can you do' section
Sun, 18 Jun 2006
Added info from a practice advice issued by the ACPO.
I found this document while looking for any Police guideline on "hostile reconnaissance" and taking pictures. I hear more and more anecdotes of Police intimidation (Stop and Search, and sometimes arrest) of Londoners just taking pictures.
Sat, 17 Jun 2006
I didn't get it (unless it was sent to a list).
Unfortunately adding another email address to block in my .procmailrc I entered one two many '|' and all emails sent to me went straight to /dev/null. Hopefully I completely fixed this issue and didn't introduce any new one when improving my Procmail recipes. I've added some logging (yes, I should have had it in the first place) and changed some recipes to be a bit less aggressive. Spent the evening doing Procmail black magic :-(
So if you did send me an email this week, please resend it.
Tue, 13 Jun 2006
The matter of the complaint I filed with the IPCC has been referred to the Professional Standards Department of the Metropolitan police for consideration.
More detail emerge about the Police raid in Forest Gate as the two previously arrested brothers talk about the ordeal the Metropolitan Police had them go through (The Guardian
and The Independent
(five months after the lethal shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes), the president of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) said on the use of lethal force: 'We are doing everything we can... but the probability is that there may be mistakes'.
A week and half ago, Mohammed Abdul Kahar was shot in the chest by the Police in an anti-terror raid at his home at 4am – one of these mistakes. At the press conference after he was released without charge, he talked about the cost of such mistakes:
‘This has ruined my life, I cannot sleep, I have flashbacks, I cannot sleep with the light off.’
The Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) issued a press release
asking for the MPS to produce a report on the ‘Forest Gate operation’. I would have hoped for stronger language when we learn that at the last Authority meeting the Commissioner misled the Authority. I expect the chair of the MPA wouldn't want anyone to think the MPA is a soft touch when some innocent Londoners are shot by the MPS
Thu, 08 Jun 2006
Notice from a recent debate in the House of Lords, the following intervention by Baroness Anelay of St Johns:
I am told by the Library that this is the 52nd Home Office Bill since the Government came to power in 1997.