Policing incident report
REPORTING "public order situations" can be difficult. Especially if you're a photographer, and the only place you can do it from is in the thick of it: often sandwiched between police officers, who just want everyone to go away (or stay put, depending on their orders) and protesters, some not seeing a difference between press and police photographers.
Both the NUJ and the British Press Photographers Association have held meetings with the Metropolitan Police to see how things can be improved. We need to hear how these things are playing out on the streets. If you are obstructed - or assisted - by police, please don't just shrug, but come here to log a brief report, as soon as possible after the event.
- This is not to be used as a request for immediate legal assistance!
- NUJ members see www.londonfreelance.org/emergency
- If you are stopped and searched you have a right to a "chit"* - next time, ask politely for one. It could be worth a fortune!