The shocker being that the truth came out and apologies have been proffered…
A Bristol man was arrested after he took a photo of a police officer who had ignored a no entry road sign.
Plumber Andrew Carter, of Bedminster, has since had an apology from the officer and Deputy Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset police Rob Beckley.
Mr Carter, 44, was walking his two dogs when a police van reversed into South Road, Bedminster, ignoring no entry signs.
The van stopped near a fish and chip shop in the street and two officers went into the shop to look at CCTV footage relating to an earlier incident.
Mr Carter said: “I had nearly been run over the previous day by a car going through the no entry signs so I was a bit miffed when a police van did the same thing.
“He reversed into the road rather than going round the block and coming in the other way, like the rest of us have to.
“I pointed at the sign and said “no entry” to the driver who swore and said ‘police business’.
“I went home and got my camera. I took a photo of the van and then a picture of the officer, through the window of the chip shop.
“He came running out, smashed the camera from my hand. I was put in handcuffs and he said I had ‘assaulted’ him with my camera and that I was also being arrested for resisting arrest and being drunk and disorderly.
“This was complete nonsense. They bundled me into the back of the van. I offered to delete the photos but the male officer was having none of it.”
Mr Carter was taken to Broadbury Road police station in Knowle where he was kept for five hours until a doctor examined him. He had very high blood pressure and was freed on police bail.
When he returned to answer bail the following week, with his solicitor, he was kept at the station for another five hours.
Mr Carter, who was not charged with any offence, made a formal complaint about the wrongful arrest by PC Aqil Farooq who faced a disciplinary tribunal in July, seven months after the incident in January.
PC Farooq apologised to Mr Carter and later he received a letter from Deputy Chief Constable Rob Beckley, who chaired the disciplinary tribunal.
Mr Beckley said in the letter: “I know that PC Farooq apologised personally to you but I would also like to add my apologies on behalf of Avon and Somerset Constabulary.
“We expect the highest standards of our officers and PC Farooq fell below what was required. I know that his colleagues feel he let us down and he has learnt a difficult lesson.
“As you know, he was spoken to by the Head of Professional Standards Department immediately after the hearing.
“I am told he realises his actions were totally unacceptable and he could and should have apologised to you much earlier.
“I have also ensured that his line manager is aware of the issue of his judgement on this occasion and that aspect of his performance will be monitored in the future.”
Mr Carter said he was happy with the apology but was pursuing a claim for compensation for wrongful arrest.
Avon and Somerset police declined to make any further comment.
From the Bristol Evening Post
Not that coppers routinely make up charges and then back each up up with false statements cooked up in the canteen as a matter of course, oh no. A few rotten apples, etc.