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Police Apologise After Threatening To Arrest Man On Way To Work

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Police Apologise After Threatening To Arrest Man On Way To Work

Police in Solihull have apologised after a man was threatened with arrest and bundled into a car whilst on his way to work for refusing to give his name.

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The man videoed the whole incident, which occurred when the police tried to pull him over and ask what he was doing and who he was.

The situation became heated when the man refused to produce any ID, leading one officer to call him an 'idiot' and threaten him with arrest.

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The video quickly went viral online, prompting the force to begin an investigation and apologise to the gentleman, explaining how the officer's conduct 'fell far below what we would expect'.

The video shows the police officers in their car asking the man what he is doing. The man told them that he was on his way to work, but refused to give them his name, which led to a confrontation.

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Credit: Twitter

The man asked one of the officers to turn on his body cam, to which the officer replied: "We'll be dealing with this in a different manner now."

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He then left the car and approached the man, telling him: "Under coronavirus legalisation, you have to provide me with some details otherwise you're going to be arrested."

The man then asked the police officer to 'back up' to maintain a safe distance from him, but remained steadfast in his refusal to give his personal details.

The police officer then said: "You're arguing with me, that gives me reasonable suspicion that you're telling me lies.

"We're the police, we're not just someone, you idiot."

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Then, the man is led to the police vehicle, as he protests that he is the victim of 'harassment'.

The officer replied: "Sit in there, we'll see what you'll say at the station then. You're going to be late for work,"

Upon review of the footage, taken at Dorridge train station yesterday morning, West Midlands Police said: "It's clear that the officer's conduct fell far below what we would expect"

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Credit: Twitter
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They added that this was 'not the face' of West Midlands Police, and added that they 'will deal with the situation'.

The force continued: "His manner was not acceptable. The officer has accepted his behaviour was not up to our high standards and we will address this as part of an action plan for his learning and development."

The statement confirmed that part of the officers' task is to check that the public are adhering to the strict coronavirus regulations, but 'the man explained he was heading to work - that's clearly a justifiable reason to be out and about and there was no suspicion he had committed any offences.

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Topics: Police, UK News, Coronavirus

Tom Wood
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