Netpol calls for abolition of police bail conditions for protest arrests


Police Officers On Dutysource: Netpol
published: 22 July 2014

Netpol has called for an end to “extremely broad and deeply authoritarian powers” allowing the police to apply stringent bail conditions against protesters following arrest but prior to deciding upon formal charges.

In a submission to a consultation by the College of Policing, we argue that the repeated use of conditions that are poorly defined, disproportionate or bear little relation to an individual’s circumstances are infringing on the civil rights of protesters.

When combined with an increased tactical use of mass arrests, however, police bail becomes something more: “a means of disrupting protest activity… without the inconvenience of dealing with a formal legal process.”

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