Target: David Jamieson, West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner
Goal: Treat officers who entered homes while owners weren’t present as trespassers.
The Coventry City Police, in an effort to raise awareness about locking doors, allegedly entered empty homes and Tweeted pictures of themselves standing inside. The British police reportedly did not have permission to enter these homes, nor to publicly post pictures of them. Following public outcry, the photos were removed from Coventry City Police’s official Twitter account, but not before numerous screen shots were taken.
Not only did these officers likely violate U.K.’s Article 8 Privacy laws, they also trespassed and illegally entered the homeowners’ property. If those photos were taken by anyone except police officers, they’d be arrested and charged with trespassing, maybe even burglary.
Sign this petition to tell the Coventry Police they must treat these officers as they would any other offender and not permit such violations to continue.
Dear Commissioner Jamieson,
In an effort to creatively raise awareness about locking doors, members of the Coventry City Police violated Article 8 Privacy laws and allegedly trespassed on citizens’ property. These officers reportedly progressed from taking pictures of themselves pointing at unlocked doors and gates to taking, and Tweeting, pictures of themselves standing inside empty homes. Although these homes were unlocked, the officers did not have permission to enter them.
It’s admirable that officers are taking such proactive measures to help citizens protect themselves, but entering homes without permission is an abuse of their power. If the photos had been posted by a private citizen, the poster would be arrested and charged with trespassing, or more.
We demand the officers who allegedly took and Tweeted these photos be arrested and charged as any private citizen would be.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: ITV News