BLM UK gains legal status and renames as Black Liberation Movement UK

Black Lives Matter (BLM) No Racism Notessource: The Guardian (World)
published: 23 October 2020

Activists from the Black Lives Matter UK campaign group have placed their organisation on an official footing, marking it with a change of name. The group, which received £1.2m in donations following widespread protests in June, has registered as a community benefit society under the name Black Liberation Movement UK.

The registration of the group, hitherto a loose collection of activists, was required before it could receive the donations, which had been collected via a GoFundMe appeal.

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Call to block the Covert Human Intelligence Sources (SpyCops) Bill

Block the SpyCops Bill bannerall credits: UNITE, The Union
published: September 2020

The Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill (CHIS), otherwise known as the SpyCops Bill, is currently being rushed through parliament. Its purpose is to provide the legal basis for the conduct of undercover agents such as police officers, but in reality, it will go much further.

There has been a well-documented history of state surveillance of lawful trade union activity and justice campaigns in recent years, including links with the criminal blacklisting of trade union members.

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Watch as ‘innocent cyclist repeatedly punched by police officer’

Police Officers On Dutyoriginally by: Birmingham Mail
published: 2 May 2020

This is the shocking moment a man is hauled over the bonnet of a police car and and repeatedly punched by an officer investigating a bicycle theft. The West Midlands cop involved in the incident in Frederick Road Aston on April 20 has now been suspended after the CCTV emerged.

He is the same officer also accused of attacking a schoolboy in a separate complaint just one day later, also caught on film.

The cyclist, who suffered bruising to his torso, says he was wholly innocent. He says he was riding his own bike for permitted pandemic exercise when he was stopped.

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