Not on web site yet, but report presented on the Toady program Radio 4, showed that these Torches are incapable of detecting street cocaine, and can only detect 'crack cocaine' in concentrations not used by human beings.
All positives are therefore false positives (makeup etc).
The official response from the police on being informed that these were useless, was that they act as a deterrent so police will continue using them!
Just imagine the consequences if lack of co-operation followed one of these false positives! Does this count as stupidity or deliberate harrassment?
The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease. Voltaire
Be skeptical of the things you believe are false, but be very skeptical of the things you believe are true.
I really hope she wins! I once looked upon a police presence as re-assuring but not any more.
There is an assumption being made that filming the police might somehow be useful to terrorists. But where is the evidence? When it comes to drafting 'anti-terrorism' legislation, opinion seems to count for more than evidence.
Perhaps treading on a little thin ice but I would just make the point that the police have to follow the rules set down from above. It's not the police officers on the beat, it's those at the top who are out of touch on all this.
I am afraid we all see irrationalities in our every days lives all the time.
mundus vult decipi, ergo decipiatur
The greatest derangement of the mind is to believe in something because one wishes it to be so