Metropolitan Police had said people declining to be scanned would 'not necessarily be viewed as suspicious'
'A man has been arrested after refusing to be scanned by controversial facial recognition cameras being trialled by the Metropolitan Police.
The force had put out a statement saying “anyone who declines to be scanned will not necessarily be viewed as suspicious”. However, witnesses said the man was stopped after pulling his jumper over his face.
Campaign group Big Brother Watch said the man had seen placards warning members of the public that automatic facial recognition cameras were filming them from a parked police van.
“He simply pulled up the top of his jumper over the bottom of his face, put his head down and walked past,” said director Silkie Carlo.
“There was nothing suspicious about him, he was a white working-class east Londoner … you have the right to avoid [the cameras], you have the right to cover your face. I think he was exercising his rights.”
Ms Carlo, who was monitoring Thursday’s trial in Romford, London, told The Independent she saw a plainclothed police officer follow the man before a group of officers “pulled him over to one side”.
She said they demanded to see the man’s identification, which he gave them, and became “accusatory and aggressive”.
“The guy told them to piss off and then they gave him the £90 public order fine for swearing,” Ms Carlo added. “He was really angry.”'
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