Yet another in the ever-growing list of police operations based on nothing more than paranoia and a willingness on the force’s part to use the freedom to dominate that Terrorism law gives them.
This time a 63 year old Jazz musician, Victor Frederick, was the subject of a surveillance operation, police searches of his studio and home, forced to the ground and stripped in the street and arrested on “suspicion of making explosives”.
Of course, he was doing nothing of the sort. He was just pottering about making jazz music, which some people consider a crime but is certainly not cause for an arrest at gunpoint. A list of “suspicious items” found in the studio during a police search included an “ethnic” container containing a “odourless and colourless liquid” – also known as Mauby – and a “video tape relating to Pakistan”, which (according to the victim, Mr Frederick) was a documentary about Muhammad Ali.
So, looking back at the chain of events, none of the police’s actions were justified or in proportion to the life of Victor Frederick. Does he get an apology or compensation? No.
“On February 17, armed police officers were deployed as a precaution to ensure the safety of the public and officers and a 63-year-old man was arrested. He was later released without charge.
“South Wales Police accepts Mr Frederick has done nothing wrong, and our officers acted in good faith in response to genuine concerns.
“South Wales Police has a duty to thoroughly investigate all potentially suspicious incidents in order to protect our communities.”
“Suspicious incident” being euphemistic for “West Indian man minding his own business”?
They are “considering their response” to a letter from Plaid Cymru Assembly Member Leanne Wood, as are the IPCC. Hopefully it won’t involve an armed response unit, dogs, a helicopter and a bag over her head.
(Link found via boingboing.net)