"Why do dogs lick themselves? Because they can."
When it comes to photography in public places, and stop-and-search generally, the police appear to be simply out of control.
For example, see this incredibly depressing news story.
The police seem to be able to do just want they want, and stop who they want.
And nothing, in turn, can stop them.
Why do they do this?
Because they can.
There is no realistic check on exercises of police power, or even sheer exercises of power with no actual basis in police law.
It is almost impossible to bring a civil action against the police; prosecutions are exceptional and rarely successful; the independent complaints regime has little if any credibility; and even public criticism will be met with the threat of a libel claim.
And so, without any practical limits, the police can just do what they want.
Welcome to Doggie Policing.
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