Short UK documentary about woman threatened with terrorism charges for videorecording cops while they stop-and-searched her boyfriend on the tube

Gemma sez, "You wrote a blog post about how I was assaulted by the police after filming my boyfriend being searched, back in 2009. The publicity we got from your post and the other press we got (Guardian and BBC) helped make thousands more people aware of this issue which led to the Metropolitan police eventually having to change their guidelines on photographing and filming the police. It was always my aim to get section 58a of the terrorism act clearer to all citizens in the UK and this hasn't changed. Today I'm releasing the animated short film about the case - It deals with broad issues of police accountability and citizen''s rights as well as the specifics of my case. We also hope it entertains you on its way."

Act of Terror


  1. Great video, stuff like this always raises my blood pressure.

    Also at 2:10 there’s a guy in the BBC news room “swimming” on his chair :)

  2. When the police are performing their duties, they should welcome the spotlight as it will allow them to  show the public examples of their excellent work. If they want to avoid being monitored, the reason may be that their performance may be in question.

    1.  Impossible, for the police are the good guys, and therefore not wrong.  If you question them, clearly you are on the side of evil.

  3. Good summary. I have a question though. Is the law’s provision that the police may stop someone from filming them if they have a reasonable suspicion that the person is a terrorist, or merely reasonable suspicion that the filming may be useful to a terrorist? The scene in the theater seemed to say the later, but the scene in the classroom said the former. The reason I ask is that the latter provision would be open to much wider speculation and interpretation, and thus much more ripe for abuse with impunity. If I were as British subject, I’d want the law to go either way, since it clearly tramples rather than promotes the public wellfare. Granted, I want the law scrapped anyway, but I don’t presume to tell the British people how to govern themselves.

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