National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

Arrested on suspicion of maybe, possibly, about to cause a disturbance

News item from Great Britain:

A PARKINSON’S sufferer who was arrested during the Olympic cycle races in Surrey has questioned why he was dragged to the ground for “not smiling”.

Mark Worsfold, 54, was sat on a wall in Leatherhead as the riders approached at around 3pm on Saturday, July 28 – but officers decided his manner was a cause for concern, and he was hauled off to Reigate police station.

Not possible in the USA?   Similar legal trend may be at work over here:

A dramatic new way to track criminals and potential terrorists was unveiled Wednesday by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly.

It melds cameras, computers and data bases capable of nabbing bad guys before they even know they’re under suspicion.

Crime and terrorism “prevention” sound like good ideas because the concept implies that a crime was thwarted before anyone got hurt, but it can also mean that people get detained and arrested for … nothing.

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