Jun 122010
 June 12, 2010  Posted by  Featured News, Non-U.S., Surveillance

Richard Ford reports:

Fourteen police forces have unlawfully stopped and searched thousands of people on the streets under controversial counter terror powers, the Home Office disclosed yesterday.

The blunder occurred when police detained people without having permission to do so from a Home Office minister. On other occasions police continued to stop and search people for longer than they had been given authorisation under the law.

The 14 police forces involved are now in the process of establishing how many people have been wrongly stopped and search but in London alone the figure is 840.

Read more in The Times.

I wouldn’t describe this as a “blunder.” I’m more inclined to label it an “abuse.”

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