More plod hubris unfolds…

Not really a surprise.

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The story begins this July when photographer Alex Turner was stopped whilst taking snaps in Chatham High St and approached by two men, who refused to identify themselves, but demanded that he show them some ID. When he refused, they called for back-up. A PCSO and WPC arrived: Turner took a photo of the pair, and was promptly arrested.

He was then handcuffed, held in a police van for 20 minutes, searched in public by plain clothes officers before being released. It remains unclear, both from from his own account and from subsequent police explanations, exactly why he was arrested – although he did note at the time that the WPC stated she had felt threatened by his size – 5′ 11" and about 12 stone – and implied that she found it intimidating.

Mr Turner complained: a police internal investigation was carried out; and this week, the Investigating Officer (IO) finally got back to him with the very welcome news that, according to their barrister, his arrest was unlawful.

This would therefore render both the subsequent search unlawful as well as Mr Turner’s detention in a police van.

Read on…

AJ

One thought on “More plod hubris unfolds…

  1. In what universe would a PCSO ever be considered ‘back up’? They don’t have any powers, do they?

    “…he did note at the time that the WPC stated she had felt threatened by his size – 5′ 11″ and about 12 stone..”

    Well, sweetie, perhaps you are in the wrong job for your size, eh?

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