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Challenging Penalty Notices to stop racism & criminalisation
Posted by: Roy on Sunday, March 14, 2010 - 10:04 AM
Protest Penalty Notices (PN) are increasingly being used by the police against people accused of offences ranging from “littering” to “harassment”. Arrested and taken into custody, people are offered the option of accepting a PN and paying a fine under threat of being charged and taken to court, not realising that in many cases not only they are innocent but there is insufficient evidence for them to be prosecuted.

Black Women’s Rape Action Project and Legal Action for Women recently got a penalty notice withdrawn. It had been issued against the son of one of our volunteers, a young man who suffers from severe trauma and has been picked on by police on a number of occasions. We record below how we did it.
The government and police benefit because they are seen to be getting “results” without the expense of an investigation, and they profit directly from the money paid in fines.

In our experience, even the most committed and creative lawyers routinely advise people to accept a PN and few have developed expertise or put resources into challenging them.

What is a PN?
The Home Office says: “Penalty notices are not the same as criminal convictions. However, failure to pay your fine may result in higher fines or imprisonment.” What is not spelled out is that a PN stays on your record and can be brought up if you are charged with subsequent offences. You are even asked about them if you apply for car insurance! They are often implemented in a discriminatory way and contribute to the increased criminalisation of people, particularly young, Black and immigrant people.

Details of the case we won
On 14 April 2008, Mr G was charged outside his home by two police officers under Section 5 of the Public Order Act, and issued with a PN for “causing harassment, alarm or distress”. Mr G is a Black man in his 20s. This was the latest incident in a history of harassment Mr G has suffered from the police since he complained about being abused whilst in custody at Stoke Newington Police Station in August 2005. During the last two years, he has been picked up six times and taken into custody four times. No evidence of wrongdoing has ever been presented and no charges have been brought. Mr G has no criminal record. Since the 2005 incident, Mr G has been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The police who arrested Mr G were informed of his mental health condition at the time.

A solicitor who attended the police station advised Mr G to accept a PN despite his assertion of innocence. Desperate to be released and in an extremely distressed state, Mr G agreed and was given a fixed PN fine of £80.
Knowing of the record of police harassment against Mr G and worried that the PN would be used against him in the future, BWRAP and LAW met with Mr G’s solicitor to ask what could be done to overturn the PN. He was initially reluctant to challenge the PN and made the case that the racism Mr G would face in a magistrate’s court would almost certainly result in a conviction and a criminal record!

We felt strongly that Mr G should not have been bullied into accepting a PN when he had not committed any crime, and were concerned that his previously clean record should not be tarnished. Given that Mr G had already been targeted by the police, a record would have increased his vulnerability to further targeting and the seriousness of its consequences.
We researched guidelines on the police treatment of people with mental health problems, and in consultation with his solicitor and Mr G’s family we wrote to the Metropolitan police asking them to “extinguish any further action on the Penalty Notice”.

Our submissions argued that:
In taking Mr G into custody and imposing a PN on him, “no consideration was given to his illness, which includes a heightened fear of being incarcerated”.
No consideration was given to the Independent Police Complaints Commission report that “being in a cell can worsen some individual’s mental distress; police custody suites may not have adequate health facilities to support an individual with mental health problems for long periods; about 50% of deaths in police custody are of people with some form of mental health problem.”
“Mr G has no cash income and lives on supermarket vouchers . . . he has no means of paying the Penalty Charge imposed on him.”
“It is not in the public interest to pursue a case against someone who is traumatised and who has no means of paying the fine.”

The police dismissed our representations. Mr G’s solicitor, encouraged by our efforts wrote threatening High Court action, citing that:
“The penalty Charge Notice system for alleged criminal offences has to be administered with great sensitivity given its reduction in the rights of alleged offenders and, most particularly those most vulnerable defendants of all, those who have mental health difficulties . . . “Crown prosecutors must balance the desirability of diverting a defendant who is suffering from significant mental or physical ill health with the need to safeguard the general public”

On 22 August 2008, the Metropolitan police finally conceded and agreed to take no further action, concluding that “it is not in the public interest to continue with a prosecution against [Mr G] in these circumstances.”

PNs are being used as a “sus” law (stop and search on suspicion alone). They give the police unprecedented powers to criminalise people, with the added power to extort money which police forces directly profit from. Like ASBOs and anti-terror legislation, they are part of a growing parallel criminal justice system where no trial or verification of evidence is needed to charge and convict. Hearsay evidence, banned in other court cases, can be the basis of the case – fuelling prejudice and vigilantism. Giving the police discretion to decide when to take action, knowing that they will never be scrutinised by a court and that they benefit financially from every PN they issue is an invitation to rampant discrimination and corruption. Not surprisingly, young people, particularly those from Black, immigrant and other working class communities are being disproportionately targeted and criminalised in this way.[1]

What happened to Mr G shows that with determination it is possible to challenge the indiscriminate abuse of these paralegal powers, and win. For the sake of justice we must do so.

[1] The use of PN’s has risen by almost 300% from 63,600 when they were first introduced in 2004, to 207,500 in 2007, Sentencing Statistics, 2007 England and Wales, Ministry of Justice Statistics bulletin

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Permanent, Faslane,6 miles NW of Helensburgh, Scotland on A814:
Faslane Peace Camp sited close to Faslane Nuclear Submarine Base. Also 1st Saturday in every month noise demo, workshops, free cafe and kids space. Tel:01436 820901 For photos click here

Permanent for 'woodland maintenance workers', near Garelochhead, Scotland: Peaton Glen Wood Peace Camp sited opposite Coulport Nuclear Weapons Base For more info click here

Every Tuesday evening, 6 - 8 pm, Main Entrance at NSA/USAF Menwith Hill, near Harrogate, North Yorkshire: Peaceful protests/witnesses against the proposed US 'Star Wars' systemThe demonstration is focussed on the people who work at USAF Menwith Hill - for example - we are protesting at the roles this base has ie in the American Missile Defense System ("Star Wars"), the specifically the continuing role re the Afghanistan and Iraq conflict, the policy of 'pre-emptive strikes', the ECHELON system We are also calling for Independence FROM America. Please come and voice your concerns at the presence of this American base on UK land.For more info click here

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2nd weekend of every month: Aldermaston Women's Peace Camp clickhere
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Every Wednesday, 4-6pm Brighton, Smash EDO,noise demo against the arms manufacturer for more information click here

3rd weekend of every month, North Yorkshire: Menwith Hill Women's Peace Camp contact

last weekend of every month, Cumbria: Sellafield Women's Peace Camp contact 0113 262 1534

First Mondays of every month 5-6pm Warton, on A584 7 miles west of Preston, Lancashire. Vigil and leafletting of workers at arms makers BAE Systems site contact Jan Harper 0151 2636578  

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