reply to post by airspoon
I was always against CCTV until i was attacked by 4 neo facists on my way home from the pub they had been ejected from in East London.
The camera operator saw a street brawl and called the police who arrived nearly straight away.
By that stage though, two attackers were unconscious, one was immobile and the other had run away. As i was standing uninjured and splashed with
blood, the police arrested me and i was charged with G.B.H x 3.
I Claimed self defence, was on bail for a year went through magistrates court and on to crown court. I lost a contract job and was not allowed to
The CPS (crown prosecution service) and police first used forensic evidence to try to find me guilty, and only submitted the cctv evidence after a
full week of this.
The video clearly showed me approaching a mini-cab office and getting attacked from behind. I reacted correctly, i still think that, my life was in
danger, they meant me serious harm.
The police wanted me to say i had attacked the attackers first. even though they knew i hadn't.
As the video clearly supported my story, the judge directed the jury to find me not guilty and admonished the police for wasting time money and
The CPS immediately sued for Violent affray. My judge friend was having none of it though.
I was found not guilty and had all my clothes returned to me.
THEY DID NOT GIVE ME BACK OR DESTROY THE DNA SAMPLE AT THE TIME OF ARREST.
Even though I have no criminal record and have not been in a fight since school, if you don't count the Dojo or boxing ring.
About one year after the court case, this time at stratford bus station in east london, i was attacked by a very drunk mugger.
He was very persistent even though there was hundreds of people around, i had to keep ducking and diving his big haymaker swings.
No one stepped in to help and i didn't want to spend another year on bail and all the stress that that cost me and my family for defending myself.
The thing is.......in stratford bus station there is a tannoy anouncement every 3 minutes.
"Stratford Bus station is covered by CCTV for you safety and security"
This bloke was walking circles around the station then throwing punches at me every time he went past. i kept thinking security will turn up soon, but
no my bus did instead!
Why did no-one come and stop this from happening?
And why did the police/cps try to find me guilty by withholding cctv when they could have just shown it and let me go?
To cut to the chase CCTV saved my life from ruin (21 years in jail if guilty) but i left london soon after the second time, i did not feel safe.
CCTV is only used to prosecute after the offence has taken place, it's not there for our security, it's for the security of the powers that be and
to raise revenue.