an attack on one is an attack on all
As reported on the front page of the Herald today, a prominent activist within the FAC campaign and one of our public spokespersons was notified last Friday that he was being charged under the Offensive Behaviour Act. The charge relates to an allegation that he held a banner at a game more than six months ago which criticised the police. Continue reading “07/09/16 FAC activist targeted by police: “
Today we have more videoed evidence of the Police Service of Scotland engaging respectfully and sensibly with young citizens……no, just kidding, what we actually have are uniformed police officers being verbally and physically aggressive to a group of very young St Johnstone fans in Kilmarnock on Saturday 9th April. Continue reading “Police Service of Scotland tackling hardened criminals – makes you feel safe eh?”
FAC has been advised by a trusted and credible source that a young fan arrested and charged under the Offensive Behaviour Act around four months ago, who is still to be tried, had DNA collected from him at the time. Continue reading “Facial recognition software a maybe, DNA collection from fans a definite!”
Those of you who have followed the twists and turns of FAC activities over the past three years will know that on numerous occasions, FAC observers in courts have been subjected to harassment by police officers and court officials attempting to prevent them engaging in the perfectly legal activity of taking notes during trials involving the Offensive Behaviour Act. On each occasion we have had written confirmation that we are perfectly entitled to take notes and that we will not be interfered with again….until we are. Continue reading “FAC reps win yet another set of complaints against Police Scotland”
You might not believe it but this is what a FAC member was told when she contacted the Criminal Allegations against the Police department of the Crown Office Procurator Fiscal Service. Her initial complaint against a serving police officer regarding evidence given in court was made in writing to the Procurator Fiscal in March 2015. Continue reading “Want to report a crime? Pop your evidence in the post.”
leads to justice for yet another football fan
Here a Hamilton fan gives his account of his treatment under the Act and the lengthy time it took for him to get justice.
Charge: Offensive Behaviour and Threatening Communications Continue reading “Another case of 'mistaken identity'”
Early last year the FAC committee decided (for the umpteenth time) that they would organise a fundraising social. The date was picked and the venue was selected…..and that was as far as it got: no band booked, no advertising, nothing. Continue reading “The curious case of the Police Service of Scotland email that never was.”
In news just in (30/1/15) we hear that the complaint from the small group of FAC protesters who went to protest at the SNP Spring conference in Aberdeen last April and who were issued with a Section 12 Notice under the Public Order Act (all 19 of them including the 7 year old wean and the pensioners!) has now been partially upheld. Continue reading “Police Service of Scotland uphold complaint from FAC protesters”
Walks away victorious!
Yesterday at Glasgow Sheriff Court a young man who refused to accept a fixed penalty (which leaves you with no criminal record) of £150 for alleged Breach of the Peace during the kettling incident in the Gallowgate in March 2013 was found Not Guilty. He had earlier insisted on being tried on the grounds that ‘he hadn’t done anything’ and the Sheriff agreed with him. In a quite incredible display, a Chief Inspector and a Sergeant from Police Scotland were exposed time after time as liars in the court. Continue reading “The last man standing from the Gallowgate goes to trial”
Kettling on the Gallowgate
The long awaited report into the events on the Gallowgate on 16 March 2013 has was launched in Edinburgh on Thursday 4th December followed by a meeting with a group of MSPs in the Scottish Parliament. The report, based on the witness statements given to FAC the following week in St Mary’s Church Hall, challenges the police narrative at the time which talked of ‘aggressive mobs’ and promised further arrests and convictions backed up by video evidence. Continue reading “Citizens' Report into the policing of Football Fans”