Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Stormtrooper British cop threatens to make photographer's day 'a living hell'

A police sergeant in Gloucester is filmed telling a photographer "you're lucky I didn't knock you out" as he seizes his camera and demands pictures are deleted off it

The local amateur photographer was taking pictures of the crash scene when Sgt Wallace approached and seized his camera.

The police officer told him he would arrest him and ask for him to be remanded in custody if he did not delete photos from his camera.

The officer is heard to say, "we'll nick you now and I will make your day a living hell, 'cos you'll be in that cell all day. What I'll probably do is I will ask for you to be remanded in custody and I will put you before the magistrate."

He added: "You're lucky that I didn't knock you out. I swore at you, yeah. It got your attention, though, didn't it?"

Unknown to the officer, the man was videoing what happened on another device as the officer took his camera from him.

A one point during the exchange a third party interrupts to defend the police officer, accusing the photographer of wasting the police's time.

Gloucestershire police have already said they are investigating the sergeant's behaviour but now the county police and crime commissioner Martin Surl is calling for "utmost urgency".

The incident, occurred after an 86 year old woman was knocked down by a car outside Tesco in Churchdown on Nov 19. She later died of her injuries.

The officer can be heard saying he would arrest the man for obstructing a police officer in the course of his duty and seized the camera, insisting he delete the images on it.

He later returned the camera, without deleting any images, but after approving them.

Original report here




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