‘Who Polices The Police?’ documentary film launch + Q&A

September 26, 2012 in Events, Film & Media by UFFC Admin

provided by: Ken Fero  
published: 25 September 2012

Birmingham. 8.15pm 3rd October 2012. Birmingham Library Theatre.

‘Who Polices The Police?’ is to have its film festival premiere at the West Midlands Human Rights Film Festival. It is the second time that the region has hosted The Human Rights Film Festival and its aim is to screen a range of films that investigate the notion of human rights in the 21st Century as measured against the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

As well as films, the festival will have a wide selection of specially invited guest speakers ranging from film-makers to commentators, academics and campaigners.

Tickets: £4.50 Full price, £3.50 Concessions

‘Who Polices the Police’ is a 52-minute-long documentary that looks at the controversy surrounding the death in police custody of Sean Rigg and the ensuing investigation into his death by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

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Defend the Right to Protest – National Conference

September 26, 2012 in Custody Deaths & Abuse, Events by UFFC Admin

credit – Peter Marshall

by: Defend the Right to Protest
published: September 2012

Full timetable now available here >

Sunday 14th October, 2012, 11:30am – 5:30pm, University of London Union, Malet Street.

Defend the Right to Protest 2012 National Conference

Across the world people are resisting austerity. They also have to confront violent tactics by the police and the draconian use of the law.

In Britain students demonstrating against fees were subject to kettling and mounted horse charges. In Quebec the authorities responded to an all out strike with emergency laws.

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The police must no longer be immune from radical reform

September 18, 2012 in Breaking News, Home Feature, Reform & Corruption by Larry Fedja

originally by: Andrew Rawnsley 
published: 16 September 2012

He did it very well, did David Cameron. One of the dimensions of being prime minister at which he excels is crafting the right language and striking the appropriate tone on grave or shocking occasions or, in this case, responding on behalf of both government and country to a shockingly grave report.

He delivered a model statement of penitence for what he correctly called “the double injustice” done to the victims of the Hillsborough stadium crush.

It is always easier, mind, to say sorry for a disaster that was someone else’s fault. The bigger test is what happens next. It is wrong to think of Hillsborough, and the disgusting conduct of some members of the South Yorkshire force, as a tragedy to be deeply regretted and then filed away as an event belonging to the distant past.

It is true that stadium design has been massively improved and methods of crowd control have become more sophisticated. Football hooliganism, fear of which was a contributory factor, has largely disappeared from Britain. So a tragedy of that type is less likely to happen now.

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