A London cyclist was met with a surprise when he yelled at a driver for pulling into the bus and cycle lane, only to discover it was an unmarked police car.
A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police has since come forward and stated that the police officers in the video were 'clearly wrong' for telling the cyclist that he had broken the law.
In the video, captured by the cyclist's helmet camera, the cyclist, who was travelling with two small children, immediately apologises, explaining to the officers that he had no idea he was yelling at an unmarked police vehicle.
But the police are having none of it and inform him that, by swearing at them, he has committed a public order offence.
"Swearing in the street with two small children. You're committing public order offences with your kids," the officer tells him.
Accusing the cyclist of being 'inconsiderate and stupid', the police officer warns him that there are people out there 'who will stab you' for swearing at them like that.
"If we weren't police and we were the wrong type of people... if I overran you because we are the wrong type of people, you want to put your kids' lives at risk?"
Standing his ground, the cyclist replies that if he physically attacked him for swearing, that would be against the law, adding that it's 'really important' that people don't block the bus and bike lane.
"Well, swearing in the street is against the law," the police officer fires back. "You just did it."
"It's a public offence. In a public place, where there's two children, you cannot swear. That's under Section 5 of the Public Order Act. It's an offence and it's a £100 fine."
The act states that it is an offence of disorderly conduct to use 'threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour; within the hearing or sight of somebody likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress.'
Over the course of this interaction, several cyclists can be seen having to move onto the road to swerve around the unmarked police vehicle, still parked in the bus and cycle lane.
Since the video footage went viral, a spokesperson from the Met Police has commented on the police officers' accusations.
Inspector Tony Adkins of the Met Police's Roads and Transport Policing Command said: "I've seen this video, and what the officers say is clearly wrong.
"Officers were conducting an operation in the area to stop a vehicle, and I am content that it was appropriate for them to have stopped in a bus lane due to this operational need.
"I will speak with the two officers concerned when they are next on duty."
LADbible has approached London Metropolitan Police for comment.
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