Police in Oceania to Break Up Christmas Family Gatherings
Will enter private homes without warrant to do it
In flagrant disregard of liberty, privacy and the law, a police and crime commissioner has said officers could enter homes to break up parties at Christmas.
The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner says officers will enter homes and separate households if necessary https://t.co/eC1EyCmPVy
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) October 27, 2020
David Jamieson, commissioner for the West Midlands, told the Telegraph that ‘if we think there’s large groups of people gathering where they shouldn’t be, then police will have to intervene’ and ‘enforce’ the law.
The commissioner for Merseyside, Jane Kennedy, has also warned that if banned gatherings are reported, ‘the police will investigate’.
The environment secretary George Eustice has joined in, too, saying that ‘if we do need to have restrictions in place and prevent families from coming together in large gatherings if that’s necessary to control the virus, that’s what we’ll have to do’.
This is absurd. After months of enforced separation, people cannot be expected to spend Christmas in isolation. The idea of police breaking up Christmas parties is an outrageous attack on freedom.
But not only that – such police behaviour would also be illegal. As human-rights barrister Adam Wagner has pointed out, police have no right to enter private homes without a warrant, regardless of what tier of Covid regulations an area is under. They cannot simply turn up, demand entry and start separating people. Police and crime commissioners must surely know this.
If senior police staff do not understand the law, how can they be trusted to enforce it?