Lancashire Police have launched an investigation into an officer caught on camera threatening to fabricate an offence against a young man.
The police force has also apologised for the unnamed officer’s “completely unacceptable” language and behaviour, as shown in a video widely shared online.
But as the Network for Police Monitoring pointed out on Twitter this type of policing is nothing new:
'Who are they going to believe?' Don't assume this attitude is an exception. Based on our work over the last decade, we can assure you, it's commonplace https://t.co/jRqbmuziGI
— Netpol (@netpol) April 18, 2020
A young man, believed to be from Accrington, said he was out picking up a quad bike he had bought when he was pulled over by police on Friday afternoon.
In the video, filmed in Accrington, the driver is heard saying: “You’re harassing me, what for? I’ve done nothing wrong…”
While failing to keep a two-metre distance, the officer shouts at him: “Sit in your car and shut up.”
He adds: “I’ll lock you up… I’ll make something up… who are they going to believe, me or you?”
Do your bit for independent journalism
Did you know that less than 1.5% of our readers contribute financially to The Canary? Imagine what we could do if just a few more people joined our movement to achieve a shared vision of a free and fair society where we nurture people and planet.
We need you to help out, if you can.
When you give a monthly amount to fund our work, you are supporting truly independent journalism. We hold power to account and have weathered many attempts to shut us down and silence the counterpoint to the mainstream.
You can count on us for rigorous journalism and fearless opposition to an increasingly fascist government and right wing mainstream media.
In return you get:
- Advert free reading experience
- Behind the scenes monthly e-newsletter
- 20% discount from our shop