Olympic Policing and counter-policing

by Arran James

More than 130 cyclists were arrested by police close to the Olympic Stadium on the opening night of the Games.

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Legal observers from NetPol members Green and Black Cross and Legal Defence Monitoring Group will be monitoring the policing of demonstrations and protests that take place over the next six weeks. In east London, NetPol member Newham Monitoring Project (NMP) is organising a pool of over 100 trained ‘community legal observers’ who will patrol in Stratford, Canning Town and the surrounding areas that are predominently poor, working class and the home of black and Asian communities. NMP is aiming to gather evidence of the misuse of sweeping police stop & search and dispersal powers, especially those targeting young people

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IF you ever had difficulty understanding Jacques Ranciere, the Olympic Games in London has brought out into the open his notion of ‘police order’ and the ‘distribution of the sensible’.

 

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