Mar 222010
 
 March 22, 2010  Non-U.S., Surveillance, Youth & Schools

Cary Doctorow writes:

Police in Nottingham, England declared war on youth on Saturday night: anyone between 13-24 getting off a bus into town was sent through a metal-detector, and the streets were swarmed with drug-dogs that were set on young people.

Something like 90% of urban England Over 1,000 English cities and towns have a curfew for young people, giving police (and fake “citizen cops”) the power to send kids home after dark for any reason, if, in their judgement, the kids are apt to be disturbing “real” people. Many stores and restaurants have signs on the door that say “no more than two kids at one time” (imagine if it said “No more than two Jews” or “No more than two blacks”). And there’s a kind of para-law called the Anti-Social Behaviour Order that gives courts the power to invent laws for people (mostly kids) who face complaints about their behaviour (the accused aren’t allowed to rebut the evidence against them).

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