QUOTE (Rab @ 22nd Mar 2012, 10:22pm)
My point is that this is a dead duck as far as the rest of us is concerned!
The problem is, it won't be. However much you may wish to put the actions of the police in this case into the past, this type of issue will continue. There will be others, whether police or CPSOs or shopping mall floor walkers, who will continue to harass amateur photographers by trying to assert non-existent or inappropriate laws against perfectly lawful behaviour. This is not an isolated incident, and if you look at the history of it, you will find for instance that the magazine Amateur Photographer has been reporting on instances of intrusion into and perversion of civil liberties in this field for a good number of years now. That's why this case is not 'dead', and why an apology, publicly made, is needed here. There needs to be a very public reinforcement of civil rights and civil liberties, which are being trashed by the kind of mindless hysteria brought about when some sections of society see someone out on the streets carrying a camera.