...I thought was unfair until last night when I was arrested for trying to prevent someone being brutalised by the police. Now, I'm choosing my words carefully here. It's no exaggeration to say that he was being restrained with unnecessary and excessive force at which point I remonstrated with an officer, quietly and reasonably and was met with shouting at me to "Stand Off" or I would be arrested. How could I stand by and watch this poor chap - whatever he may or may not have done - be treated in this way? He was clearly in great distress and pain and I was very worrried for his safety. My FPN says"used insulting words and threatening behaviour causing harrassment, alarm and distress". This is a lie. How could it be that I could cause these things to a trained police officer who is young enough to be my grandson? If it were true, I would raise my hands and say it's a fair cop, I was out of order and the like and paid the fine like a good boy. But it is not true. Furthermore, the police failed to call my partner until 3am (the arrest was just before 11) and I was not released until 4 this morning. I am very alarmed by this experience. I have never been arrested before. I have had no cause to be arrested ever and I am very very worried about what might have happened to the guy I tried to assist. My faith in the police has now gone and I think that is terrible. If this can happen to me, it could happen to anyone. Is this a trend?
Thanks Nigel - I'll be contacting my local councillors and Liberty too.
Beetroot - I would never have believed it really until last night. It was down to one over-zealous officer in particular whom I consider to be a menace, particularly when it come to relations with the public. Naturally, his colleagues will back him up and that's understandable I suppose. The Police now have my DNA, my finger, thumb and palm prints which will, no doubt help their targets. It's just appalling.
JayBee, this is a horrible story. How frightening for your partner too. If it was indeed down to one over-sealous officer I do hope Simon Hughes will help you to take some action which will allow your faith in the police to be restored.