Can't Stop Social Media-Driven UK Riots? Go After Social Media-Driven Water Gun Fights

from the that'll-teach-'em dept

As UK politicians and law enforcement still argue over things like blocking access to social media or shutting down Blackberry Messenger during times of riots and/or protests, it seems that some UK police know when to just jump right in. They’ve arrested and charged a guy for daring to organize a water gun fight using Blackberry messenger and Facebook. We’re not making this up, though we wish we were:

The 20-year-old from Colchester was arrested on Friday after Essex police discovered the alleged plans circulating on the BlackBerry Messenger service and Facebook.

The unnamed man has been charged with “encouraging or assisting in the commission of an offence” under the 2007 Serious Crime Act, police said.

He was arrested with another 20-year-old man the day the water fight was allegedly due to take place, and has been bailed to appear before Colchester magistrates on 1 September.

It’s a “serious crime” to organize a water gun fight? Is there no right to bear supersoakers?

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Anonymous Coward says:

Actually, it would appear to be an issue of lacking a “public assembly” permit. A large scale public event requires a permit and consideration with the local police to insure everyone’s safety.

It’s one of the reasons flash mobs are so dangerous, too many people in a place that isn’t set up to handle it, without security.

PrometheeFeu (profile) says:

Re: Re:

“It’s one of the reasons flash mobs are so dangerous, too many people in a place that isn’t set up to handle it, without security.”

Oh god. Let’s get this one out of the way: “Those who would give up some liberty to gain some security deserve neither and will lose both.” (Some guy possibly Benjamin Franklin) Since when is the “free world” the “free world but only if you have a permit”? We need to stop this absurd interference into people’s lives. Life is and will always be risky. So let’s just accept that stop trying to remove the risk and get on with our lives shooting water guns at each other whether the cops want us to or not!

btr1701 (profile) says:

Re: Re:

> A large scale public event requires a permit
> and consideration with the local police to
> insure everyone’s safety.

I’m so sick of every government everywhere justifying their oppressive actions and micromanagement of every aspect of people’s lives in the name of ‘safety’.

I’m a grown adult. I can worry about my own safety, thank you very much.

btr1701 (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re:

> If you are going to take my home when my
> kid does something then either you discipline
> him or keep your nose out when I beat his punk
> behind.

If you’re going to live on the backs of the taxpayers in a home that’s *not* yours, but rather owned and paid for by the people, then you damn well better make sure you discipline your own kid and make sure he’s not out looting and burning down the homes of the people who pay for yours, or live with the consequences.

And go ahead and beat his ass. I’m with you on that one.

The eejit (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re: Re:

You have to bear this in mind:

For some families, the welfare system (including housing) means that you have more household income than working full-time.

Added to that, that the average income stashed in accounts of the Cabinet members is ?500k, which they aren’t paying full taxes on, and you can see, at least in part, why people are so upset with the Government over here.

Punishing those who did criminality? Sure thing. Evicting others for something they personally didn’t do? Not so much.

indieThing (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re: Re:

This is so stupid, kids do have minds of their own you know. I think our politicians would do a lot better if they remembered what they were like as children.

If I was gonna get into mischeif when a kid, I did it, and my parents were very strict, you just had to accept the punishment if you got caught.

No matter how good the parents, some kids are gonna get into trouble, so taking away their housing ain’t gonna solve anything except create more homelessness and more street crime.

Anonymous Coward says:

It's all fun and games until...

somone gets sick, possibly with pneumonia. This is not as funny as you people think. Water guns these days can hold a lot of water (a lot more than they used too). That water can get people soaked from head to toe. With the days getting shorter and summer coming to an end we all need to recognize the dangers of having wet hair and/or clothes in cold weather.

URallSheep says:

Re: It's all fun and games until...

Umm…. You can’t get pneumonia from wet hair…..or wet clothes….or any water for that matter….unless maybe you were to breathe in some of the water and it got in to your lungs and then after being in the hospital for a couple days laying on your back around all those germs…..yeah that probably wouldn’t happen either.

That Anonymous Coward (profile) says:

But but but this one time when they went and had a water fight, some dude punched a girl! I saw it on the Murdoch Spin machine. Why he would be upset that some girl would douse him with soda as he happened to be walking through a park is really beyond me.

Oh and there was a fist fight once…
And this other time after the fist fight time… they searched people and they found KNIVES!…. on 9 whole people so it was obviously about to decent into the madness of the Jets vs the Sharks.

dfed (profile) says:

In other news, rioting in London was empowered today when Riot Police were confronted by large slip ‘n slides shuttling the protesters from storefront to storefront.

Chief Constable Wiggum P. Jackhole was quoted as saying “We were totally distracted by not only how fast they were heading down those slides, but all the young ladies in white shirts zipping by!”

He added that in the above cases, Riot Police had troubles wielding their nightsticks.

Prime Minister Cameron has called for a ban on all tight fitting white t-shirts and wet plastic throughout the UK.

Joe says:

meanwhile, over in the States

Courts declare that laws banning super soakers filled with hydrochloric acid are unconstitutional.

FTA – “However, opponents of the ban say a super soaker filled with hydrochloric acid would prove ?highly effective? in a number of situations e.g. incapacitating a home intruder, bringing down game on a hunt, overthrowing a tyrannical government ? and therefore should be permitted on constitutional grounds.”

I’ll see your British WTF and raise.

PrometheeFeu (profile) says:

Re: meanwhile, over in the States

Argh! Apparently this article is the one under which I break! This is stupid! In the US, I am allowed to carry a real gun! You know, the one kind that projects small metallic objects at supersonic speeds hundreds of meters away and can kill people! Who is the idiot who thought that supersoakers filled with acid would be more of a threat than guns?!?!?!?!

CompuSmart (user link) says:

After Such a big riot that took place, authorities must be on a high alarm, and probably on their cop/mind they think that rioters can use nicknames for a true riot, and this one can pass without notice on black berry networks, although they should investigate the facts first before accusing some innocent person that just want to take a gun bath with their pals.

That Anonymous Coward (profile) says:

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No they seem to be very on track at the moment.

When you want to add more restrictions on the people doing so while they are in absolute fear is the best time to do so.

Do you think the TSA would have ever happened without the fearmongering of the terrorists will win if we don’t do this?

Do you think the warrentless wiretapping would have breezed through without the fear of there are terrorists here right now and they are plotting against us fear card being played?

We had a riot, if we do not crack down on these unplanned meetups of people, they could descend into an orgy of destruction and burn you out of your home! Now we are here to take care of you, pay no attention to the forced cc on all of your emails. Your a good person you have nothing to worry about, but we need to read all the emails to find the bad people.

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