A group of Newham Monitoring Project Community Legal Observer volunteers were today “banned” from entering Stratford Park, a site open to the general public who wish to watch the free Olympic livescreens, by security on the ground who apparently accused them of “making it easy for criminals and giving them tips” when giving out Stop and Search rights-information cards to members of the public. Read more
Last night, some of Newham Monitoring Project’s 100+ Community Legal Observers (CLOs), who will patrol the streets during this summer’s Olympics to gather evidence of the misuse of police powers and provide legal rights information, met up in Stratford to launch our new initiative.After a photo-call near Theatre Royal Stratford East, CLOs n their distinctive red tabards headed over to Stratford station to hand out NMP’s new stop and search rights card.
Teams of CLOs will start patrolling this weekend, focusing on the communities close to Olympic venues in both the north and south of the borough. Shifts have been arranged for the whole of the next six weeks. Read more
NMP has published its submission to the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee inquiry into the Independent Police Complaints Commission. It argues that “the IPCC has not resolved significant and obvious weaknesses in the process and procedure for making a complaint, resulting in a system that falls woefully short in its ability to be independent, accessible or effective.” Read more