Posted by Reidar Visser on Wednesday, 19 September 2012 14:44
Originally posted on Police Stalking, Police Criminality, and Human Rights:
I sometimes wonder why it took me so long to write in the first person about police stalking.
I wanted to exhaust every other possibility first. To make sure that there was no other conceivable road back to the life I once lived. I had been happy as an historian based in Oslo in Norway, working on Iraq and its transition to democracy and the rule of law.
Back in early 2011, when the Oslo police began giving me unwanted attention due to my street photography, I reacted with shock and fear. At the time, my own jurisprudence regarding photography was unrefined and mainly based on induction and analogy: If a Japanese tourist could take mobile camera photos, then so could I. When a fleet of uniformed and unmarked police cars suddenly began chasing me around the streets of Oslo in February 2011 in a so-called police stalking operation (aka “conspicuous surveillance”), I panicked and got worried I might have overlooked some kind of newly introduced regulation specifically relating to the use of mobile cameras. The harassment, I suspected, could be intended as warm-up before questioning and prosecution.
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