Category Archive: Police

After the Nice killings we need to think rationally – so let’s start by pressuring the intelligence chiefs

By Simon Davies If you ever needed to gain an understanding of Europe’s mindset on the protection of internal security, you need to look no further than the Swedish border. Here, in this former warm-blooded bastion of humanity and freedom, you will see how the future of this region is unfolding. Do what I did, …

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US police shoot two journalists and a dog during press conference on police reform

By Simon Davies BALTIMORE A press conference held earlier today on proposed measures to curb violence by US police, ended in chaos after police officers shot and seriously wounded two participating journalists. The event – jointly convened by the Ferguson and Baltimore police departments – was intended to showcase a new campaign to reduce the …

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Why American liberals need to stop acting like the People’s Front of Judea over the Baltimore conflict

By Simon Davies At a press gathering earlier today in Paris, a journalist asked for my thoughts on the Baltimore “riots”. To my surprise – as a pacifist liberal – all I could do was shrug my shoulders. After all, in view of the utterly appalling record of brutality and institutional racism among US police, …

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Why have 200 Americans been executed by US police since the Michael Brown killing in Ferguson?

By Simon Davies (with additional research by James Cohen) Six months have passed since US police in Ferguson MO murdered an unarmed teenager in the act of surrender and then subsequently slaughtered a mentally ill man. The events sparked widespread  disquiet in America about the militarization of law enforcement agencies. In the six months since those killings, …

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The heavy hand of Prague police highlights the dangerous hypocrisy of European identity checks

By Simon Davies Throughout the early to mid 2000’s, the then UK Labour government tried to impose a compulsory national ID card on the whole population. No-one had the slightest clue why it was being introduced, least of all the government. The justification swung wildly to the tune of the latest media frenzy, be it …

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The Code Red project is launched as whistleblowers warn of unprecedented threats to privacy

  BERLIN The whistleblower community turned out in force last night in Berlin for the launch of the long-awaited Code Red security accountability project. The Code Red initiative was created by veteran privacy activist Simon Davies in response to mounting concerns that government surveillance and intrusion has escalated – despite the Snowden national security disclosures …

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A twisted case of police abuse in small-town America

By Simon Davies Recent high profile episodes of misconduct and unlawful killings by US police have generated widespread public concern that law enforcement agencies in some parts of the country are institutionally dysfunctional. But for each one of these headline-grabbing cases there are countless others unfolding each day in small-town America that the public never …

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Police militarization is not just about lethal weapons; it’s also about too much power and too much data

By Simon Davies The recent killing by US police of an unarmed teenager in the act of surrender – and the subsequent slaughter by those same police of a mentally ill man – has sparked widespread disquiet in America and elsewhere about the militarization of law enforcement agencies. At its most superficial level, this debate …

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How Britain became a dangerously cynical society with tinges of a police state

 By Simon Davies If proof was ever needed of the growing cynicism and despair of modern Britain, you need only consider the collapse of public trust in government, the systematic destruction of oversight and accountability, the rise of nationalism and the steady encroachment of a police state – all cheered on by a faltering parliament. …

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Privacy Surgeon lodges complaint against four police forces over border violations

By Simon Davies The Privacy Surgeon has lodged a detailed complaint with the European Commission against four national police authorities, setting out allegations of serious border control violations. The complaint alleges that police in Switzerland, Germany, France and Italy have re-introduced border checks by stealth at some rail crossings into their respective countries. This action …

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