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Section 35 of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 gives the police extended powers to dispense individuals from an area for up to 48 hours. Already, these powers have been misused as a new weapon against people who are already routinely targeted for harassment by the police and increasingly against anyone exercising their democratic right to freedom of assembly and protest. These ‘disperse’ powers have absolutely no public oversight.
Police officers have been granted huge levels of discretion about what constitutes ‘reasonable grounds’ to disperse people and it is far too easy for the police to use their new powers in an extremely restrictive way.
We, the undersigned, therefore believe it is time Section 35 is repealed.
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