posted on May, 15 2012 @ 11:38 AM
Originally posted by navy_vet_stg3
When my wife was in England a few years ago, she was outside the "Build-a-Bear" in Birmingham. She went to take a picture of it, and was promptly
approached by a police officer who questioned her. She said she was taking a picture for her inlaws in the U.S. and then she was told to delete the
photo from the camera of he would have to confiscate it. She asked what the big deal was, and the cop told her it was due to "terrorism". Hmmmmm,
my wife is blonde hair, blue eyed, and doesn't have a damn thing to do with Islam.
Meanwhile, in the same mall location (St. Martin's Square), there was a group of about 15 Muslims with signs talking about killing non-Muslims. The
cop didn't say a word to them. Go figure. Gotta love political correctness.
Several points here.
1. If she was in a Mall, then the Mall is classified as private property under English law, and the owners may prohibit photography as a condition of
allowing you access to their property. If this was the case, the police officer had no legal jurdistriction, unless the Mall owners had made a formal
legal complaint about you. Even then, his powers were limited to escorting you off the property.
If it was public land, which I have to say is doubtful, then you had a legal right to take pictures of anying and everything you wished to.
2. No police officer can compel you to delete pictures without a court warrant. No police officer can conficate your camera without a court warrant
(there is one exception to this, I'll explain shortly). There have been a large number of prosecutions against the police over these issues, and the
police have lost every single one of them.
The exception: If the officer believes that your images may contain evidence pertaining to a crime, and that you might destroy or tamper with said
evidence, then he may confiscate the camera as evidence. He has to give you a reason and a reciept for this.
I am curious, did said officer ever use "Section 44 of the terrorism act"?
This was a very nasty paragraph in the law, that authorized police to stop and search anyone they felt like, and after the police's continual abuse
of said section, parliament finally revoked it. Of course, the police found another section in the act they could twist to the same effect... *sigh*