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Friday 30 January 2009 5.23pm
thebrentc wrote:
(And IMO any faith in police is misplaced. It can and increasingly does happen to anyone).

Couldn't agree more.
Friday 30 January 2009 5.42pm
Until now I have found them to be very helpful when I've been the victim of crime, but this is disgraceful.
They took away my specs so I couldn't read the literature they gave me, they called neither a doctor when I thought I was having a heart attack, nor a solicitor. The bruises and swelling from the handcuffs are beginning to show and I'm getting more upset by the minute. However, I am not going to get mad, I'm getting even by having my day in court and possibly in the press. I know the name and number of the most obnoxious officer who is responsible for this mess and will do everything I can to make sure he is disciplined. I did nothing wrong. I just tried to help someone in trouble. Thanks for your support. James
Friday 30 January 2009 5.51pm
I don't want to make you feel worse, but you do realise they're version of events in court will be fiction. Are you sure you're going to get anywhere?
Friday 30 January 2009 5.55pm
Yes, beetroot, I guess so but I'm not just giving in. I have to do it for my peace of mind - at least I will have tried.
Friday 30 January 2009 5.58pm
Good for you, and good luck.
Friday 30 January 2009 6.05pm
Thanks. On a positive note, a couple of the officers seemed to be somewhat embarrassed by their wired colleague. I suspect he'd had too many red bulls or summat.......he seemed quite psychotic but let's not get personal. He must have a ghastly life. Mine is fabulous!
Friday 30 January 2009 6.48pm
Glad following it up will be good for your peace of mind. Glad for the rest of us, too; the checks and balances in the system need using and testing to be properly effective, otherwise police officers good and bad might believe "over zealous" behaviour would never be challenged. So, thanks. Hope you'll have a restful night tonight.
Friday 30 January 2009 7.29pm
Are you going to make a complaint to the independent police complaint authority?
Friday 30 January 2009 11.21pm
This sounds appalling - though sadly, as others have noted, it is not an uncommon event. Unfortunately we live in country where the police are a bunch of criminals in uniforms who think they can make the law up as they go along, and seem largely unaccountable for their actions. Still, as they feel free to lock up opposition ministers (I hear Robert Mugabe's retirement job is as a Met Police adviser), its no wonder they treat the rest of us like dirt.

I doubt this will ever get to court. I assume you have a solicitor, but if not you should get one ASAP. If you don't, I believe the local firm of Fisher Meredith specialise in crime and in particular have a good reputation for civil actions against the police (I don't work for them). It may also be worth taking pictures of your injuries and if possible getting a doctor to catalogue them.

That they felt able to deny you access to medical attention and legal advice - both statutory rights - is extraordinary. Neither should they using handcuffs unless there is a good reason for it - otherwise it constitutes an assault.

I wish you luck, you did a courageous thing in standing up to these uniformed thugs; you may need to persevere, but I'm sure you will eventually achieve some element of justice.
Friday 30 January 2009 11.54pm
Jaybee, I don't suppose there were any witnesses, were there? I'm just thinking it would be useful to have people to back up your side of the story.

I find the incident you described quite chilling because many people would intervene if they saw somebody being unfairly harassed, and to throw you in a cell is not an appropriate response!
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