UK: ARE YOU BEING STOPPED AND SEARCHED?

12 October 2019 — Extinction/Rebellion

[I thought a note on police activities re Extinction/Rebellion is worth publicising to a wider audience. WB]

PLEASE CIRCULATE WIDELY

ARE YOU BEING STOPPED AND SEARCHED?
– Ask ‘Am I being detained or am I free to leave?’
IF you are told you are detained, this means you are being stopped and searched. OTHERWISE, you are able to walk away.

KEY MESSAGES FOR STOP AND SEARCH:

NO PERSONAL DETAILS – You are able to NO COMMENT ALL QUESTIONS in a stop and search, you are NOT required to provide name, date of birth or address.

‘WHO are you?’ – This means police number of the officer searching you
‘WHAT are you searching me for?’ – What are the police looking for
‘WHY are you searching me?’ – Why do the police believe you have this item
‘WHERE are you from?’ – This means which police station is the office based at

‘CAN I HAVE A RECEIPT?’ – This is a receipt of the stop and search, so it can be recorded and we can understand how many of us have been stopped and searched.

PLEASE NOTE:
The police MUST state what they believe you have that is contraband, and MUST have ‘reasonable suspicion’.
UNLESS a SECTION 60 has been imposed a Superintendent (or higher), which means you can be stopped and searched WITHOUT ANY cause for suspicion.

ALL OF THIS ALSO APPLIES TO VEHICLES

You can be searched by an officer of your OWN gender, INCLUDING non binary, gender queer, agender etc, as long as it is ‘reasonably practicable’.

The police have NO REASONABLE GROUND to be going through your wallet if they say they are looking for ‘paints and materials to cause criminal damage’…but we need to know to ask!

If they are acting unlawfully we can build a case against them.

Please please we need your help to get these messages out

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