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Home Office Immigration Officer And Norfolk Constabulary Detective Constable Assault UK Cameraman

The following post was shared with the CopBlock Network by Marcus Potter, who has submitted numerous videos (see “related posts” section below) to the CopBlock Network, as well. It was shared via the CopBlock.org Submissions Page.

This is a long video so I am including a listing of “key points” that was included within the description of the video on Youtube:

  • 13:47 The DC lies about my filming being illegal and asks me about an offence without cautioning me!
  • 16:37 The Immigration Officer states that I am wrong, he has misunderstood and thought I was referring to him when I was referring to the Detective Constable!
  • 18:00 The Immigration Officer loses his temper and assaults me.
  • 19:00 The Immigration Officer accuses me of assaulting twice.
  • 21:00 I move the Detective Constable’s arm down as he has previously removed my phone from my possession and I believed that he would do the same thing again.
  • 21:57 The DC and IO leave.

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Date Of Incident: January 27th 2017
Officers Involved: Detective Constable 12136 and Immigration Officer 14195
Department Involved: Norfolk Constabulary
Department Telephone No.: +441953424242
Department Facebook Page: Norfolk Constabulary on FB
Department Twitter Account: @NorfolkPolice

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I decided to get the bus to Norwich International Airport Park and Ride site from Thickthorn Park and Ride site. I then walked around Norwich International Airport and eventually arrived at the airport’s business terminal (Saxonair). I do admit that I was trespassing, but I had not entered the actual aerodrome and therefore had committed no offense. At the worst I had committed the civil tort of trespass.

I was then approached by some private security goons who noticed my presence near the terminal. One of the goons asked me to remain with them until a Police officer arrived. After about 10 minutes, a Police officer namely Detective Constable 12136 and an Immigration Officer 14195 from the Home Office arrived. I was then ordered off the private property by one of the goons and left the property. I then remained with both officers whilst they spoke to me and decided to point the camera at 14195 to record his image. I also read his collar number out to the camera at which point he then extended his arm and instructed me very aggressively to put the camera down. I refused to comply at which point 14195 removed the camera from my hand. At no point was I arrested or cautioned as per the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984.

For your information, the caution which I am referring to is “You do not have to say anything, but it may harm your defense if you do not mention when questioned something which you later rely on in court. Anything you do say may be given in evidence.”

I then warned 14195 to step and back and lower his arm on multiple occasions. I then lowered his arm myself at which point he shouted “THAT’S ASSAULT”. He again reached his arm out and believing that he may go for my camera I again lowered it. He then shouted “THAT’S ASSAULT TWICE”. I then stepped back and was grabbed by 12136 to prevent me from leaving. 14195 remained where he was and 12136 followed me. He continued the interview and asked me what I was doing whilst he and 14195 played good cop, bad cop.

Both 12136 and 14195 decided to walk away and 12136 called a senior officer to discuss what happened. 12136 eventually then spoke to me again whilst 14195 remained where he was. 12136 then asked me if I was OK to find my way and “do you have anywhere to go.” He also asked me “not to go anywhere near Saxonair”. 12136 then left and I also went on my way.

To clarify, my actions were not assault as under section 3 Criminal Law Act 1967 it is lawful to use reasonable force to prevent a crime. I also would like to add that at the time I used force on the officers, they were not acting within the course of their duties and even if I was guilty of assault, I was therefore not guilty of assaulting a constable in the course of his duty. For the same reason I was not guilty of assaulting an immigration officer in the course of his duty.

– Marcus D Potter

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Update: Philadelphia Cop Who Robbed Contractor of $38 Given Plea Deal; Sentenced to Probation

Last June, I posted on the Copblock Network about Philadelphia Police Officer Michael Winkler, who was facing charges after he robbed a construction contractor that he had hired. At the time, the details were a little sparse, but the basics of the case were that Winkler had “lured” two workers to the location of the robbery with promises of pizza and additional money. Then, once they were there he had assaulted them and stolen all of the cash they had on them at the time. It was also reported that he had stiffed them on money for previous work.

For the most part that’s still an accurate run down of the situation. However, during his trial, some additional details came out. Apparently, he had (according to his victims) misrepresented the amount of work that needed to be done on a new house he had recently purchased and then hired them to work on. As a result, the main victim, Nathaniel Carter, had called him to try and renegotiate the deal.

Officer Winkler didn’t like the sudden proposal for change of terms. So, he assaulted Carter, knocked him to the ground, demanded he pay him back the original $600 he had paid him, and then rifled through his pockets taking all the cash he had on him. As originally reported, that amounted to $38. (Sorta reminiscent of LVMPD Detective Michael Kitchen’s situation a couple years back.)

Things went a little further than that, though. Winkler also took Carter’s wallet, grabbed his debit card from it, illegally searched his car, and insisted that he was going to have one of the other workers at the job site go to an ATM and retrieve the rest of the money he had paid him. Then, Winkler called 911 and asked for some local cops to come and arrest Carter for “scamming” him. Of course, since he was on-duty and driving an undercover police car the whole time, he also called his supervisor and asked to be placed on vacation status.

Via LevitTownNow.com:

Upon arrival, two officers found two contractors, one seated in a Nissan Maxima and one on the ground nearby with change around him.

The two contractors told police they were hired by Winkler on May 3 to do work on his newly purchased home on Newportville Road. One of the contractors began the work for $600 cash and soon realized there was more work than initially agreed upon.

Before police arrived on May 5, Winkler allegedly called the contractor found by officers seated on the ground near the Maxima and requested he return to the Newportville Road home to renegotiate the price of the work. Winker then became angry with the man once he arrived and held his forearm to his neck, forced him to the ground and put his knee into his side. Winkler then told him he had to give him his money back, according to court papers.

The contractor told Winkler he put the money on his bank card. Winkler then demanded the contractor’s bank card and threatened to send him to jail if he didn’t turn the card over, police allege.

While holding down the contractor, Winkler allegedly said he was going to have a worker remove the money from the man’s account and then proceeded to go through the man’s pockets despite requests to call 9-1-1, court papers state.

The other contractor was seated in the Maxima during the incident and was confronted when Winkler went over to search the glove box of the car and had a construction manager search the vehicle’s trunk, police said.

Winkler then picked up a wallet from the car and removed the cash and the owner’s driver’s license. He then called his police supervisor and asked to be put on vacation status before dialing Bucks County 9-1-1, police said.

Philadelphia authorities said in a statement to LevittownNow.com that Winkler is accused of taking $38 during the robbery.

(Bristol Township Detective Greg) Beidler, who has worked in the Bristol Township Police Department for 27 years, wrote in the affidavit that Winkler told responding officers he was an on-duty police officer and wanted one of the contractors arrested for theft of services and fraud.

Police said Winkler, a 16-year Philadelphia police veteran assigned to the 16th District, drove a blue 2001 Ford Taurus detective car to his Newportville Road home for the alleged robbery.

Unfortunately for Officer Winkler, things didn’t quite unfold the way he had (presumably) expected once Bristol Township Police arrived. Instead, Winkler ended up being arrested himself and was charged with two counts of felony robbery and two misdemeanor counts of theft, theft by extortion, receiving stolen property, false imprisonment and several other related offenses. As noted earlier, he still managed to get his Policeman’s Discount and ended up being sentenced to five years probation after pleading guilty to just one count of theft and three counts of disorderly conduct in a Bucks County Court.

That of course, eliminates those pesky felonies he had been facing originally. It’s not really addressed in the Philly.com article, but I’m gonna go out on a limb and guess that he’ll also probably have to wait until the probation ends before he can go and get hired back as a cop at another department.

Norfolk Police Disregard Threat From Security Guard and Instead Arrest Man For Filming

The following post and accompanying videos were shared with the CopBlock Network by Marcus Potter, who has submitted numerous other videos to the CopBlock Network, as well. It was shared via the CopBlock.org Submissions Page. (See “Related Posts” section below for previous videos submitted by Marcus Potter.)

If you have a video, personal story involving police misconduct and/or abuse, or commentary about a law enforcement related news story, we would be happy to have you submit it. You can find some advice on how to get your submission published on the CopBlock Network within this post.

Date of Incident: December 12, 2015
Officer Involved: Police Constable Tolladay 1768, Police Sergeant King 3060, PC Callum Watson 833, Sgt Amanda Lewis 243
Department Involved: Norfolk Constabulary
Department Facebook Page: Norfolk Police
Department Twitter Account: @NorfolkPolice
Department Telephone No.:
+441953424242

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On the 12th of December 2015, I was filming a security guard (whom I’ll call Mr. A) responsible for marshaling traffic in Norwich, at which point he and his colleague confronted me. Mr. A said that I would have to stop filming or he would “break” my camera. He then changed that to “I’ll kill it.”

I complied with this order and was then told rather aggressively to “go away” by Mr. A. I then swore at him and was spoken to by a police officer, namely Police Constable Tolladay 1768 from Norfolk Constabulary in Bethel Street Police Station. She explained that as both parties had committed offences, they would have to be dealt with equally and that “you may well be coming down” to a Police Investigation Centre to be interviewed.

I then took Tolladay’s surname, rank, and collar number before leaving the police station, namely Bethel Street. I was later unlawfully arrested that day by another police officer, namely PC 1169 Hogan in relation to an unrelated allegation. (I have gone into detail on that unlawful arrest in another article.)

Just before being released on bail, Tolladay had arranged for me to be circulated as wanted in relation to the section 4A allegation despite knowing my name and address. I was further arrested by Sgt King 3060 on suspicion of an offense under section 4A of the Public Order Act 1986, the reason being that I allegedly called “Mr. A” and his colleague “fucking cunts” and told them to “fuck off”. The necessity was to enable a prompt and effective investigation. (As it was thought unlikely that I would attend voluntarily.)

Whilst I do not dispute using those words they were directed solely at Mr. A and said after he threatened to smash my camera. Whilst I do accept that my arrest was lawful, I do feel it was unfair and that Mr. A should have also been arrested. Had the matter gone to trial, I would have argued that my actions were reasonable under the circumstances, which is a defense to a charge made under section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986.

In accordance with my bail, I subsequently attended Wymondham Police Investigation Centre the next day. I was taken through to the charge desk by another police officer, namely PC Callum Watson 833. I was booked in by Custody Sgt. Amanda Lewis 243 and she authorized my detention in order to obtain evidence by questioning. I refused to be interviewed and was placed in a cell.

After a few hours in my cell, I was taken back to the charge desk by Lewis and charged with two offenses by Watson, namely the alleged section 4A offense, which I wrote about above, and the alleged section 5 offense, which I have gone into more detail in another article. I was released on post-charge bail with conditions not to enter the city of Norwich as defined by the outer ring road and not to be in possession of a device capable of recording footage in a public place until the 19th of February 2016.

I subsequently attended court on that date and pleaded guilty to two unrelated offenses, namely sending a malicious communication to Police Inspector Adam Hayes and a racially aggravated public order offense which is the equivalent to an offense under section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986. As a result all other cases were withdrawn. I was issued with a two year Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) with numerous conditions.

These conditions were that I must: not contact any member of Norfolk Constabulary staff, not attend any police station in the county of Norfolk except in an emergency or by pre-planned appointment, not video record, audio record, or photograph any person in any public place in the county of Norfolk without the person’s permission (with the exception of a police officer once I have been arrested or detained), not access any Norfolk Constabulary affiliated website or social media account, not deface any picture of Norfolk Constabulary staff and not distribute any video recordings, audio recordings or photographs of any person (with the exception of removing existing defamatory material under the direction and supervision of a police officer, namely Sgt. Heath). These conditions were subsequently altered on the 1st of April 2016 and the CBO was discharged on the 30th of November 2016.

– Marcus D Potter

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Here is the security guard threatening to smash my camera:

Norfolk England Police Turn A Blind Eye as Security Guard Assaults Man for Filming in Public

The following post and accompanying videos were shared with the CopBlock Network by Marcus Potter, who has submitted numerous other videos to the CopBlock Network, as well. It was shared via the CopBlock.org Submissions Page. (See “Related Posts” section below for previous videos submitted by Marcus Potter.)

If you have a video, personal story involving police misconduct and/or abuse, or commentary about a law enforcement related news story, we would be happy to have you submit it. You can find some advice on how to get your submission published on the CopBlock Network within this post.

Date of Incident: December 12, 2015
Officer Involved: PC 1169 Hogan
Department Involved: Norfolk Constabulary
Department Facebook Page: Norfolk Police
Department Twitter Account: @NorfolkPolice
Department Telephone No.:
+441953424242

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On the 12th December 2015, I decided to shoot a funny video featuring some members of Norfolk Constabulary (embedded below) whilst on a privately owned road, namely Wherry Road in Norwich, Norfolk, UK. I was then assaulted by a private security guard after I lawfully refused to desist filming.

Whilst I was on private property, I was still in a public place. The land was not owned by his employer and there were no signs demarcating any prohibition against filming.

Two constables standing close by looked at me whilst this happened and ignored the person as they did not care less. After I threatened to punch the guy and he laughed. PC 1169 Hogan barked an order, namely “stop making a nuisance of yourself.” Hogan then said that “If you’ll be reasonable to me, I’ll be reasonable to you. If you’ll be a freeman on the land, I’ll be a freeman on the land to.”

I then left.

– Marcus D Potter

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Prelude:

Norfolk England Constabulary Police Community Support Officers Threaten To Have UK CopBlocker Arrested

The following post and accompanying videos were shared with the CopBlock Network by Marcus Potter, who has submitted numerous other videos to the CopBlock Network, as well. It was shared via the CopBlock.org Submissions Page.

If you have a video, personal story involving police misconduct and/or abuse, or commentary about a law enforcement related news story, we would be happy to have you submit it. You can find some advice on how to get your submission published on the CopBlock Network within this post.

Date of Incident: November 2015
Officers Involved: Police Community Support Officers Gould 8635 and Morgan 8647
Department Involved: Norfolk Constabulary
Department Facebook Page: Norfolk Police
Department Twitter Account: @NorfolkPolice
Department Telephone No.: +441953424242

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In November 2015, I visited the city of Norwich, Norfolk, in the United Kingdom and saw a few PCSOs (Police Community Support Officers) on patrol. I decided to follow them and was then stopped by them, at which point I began filming.

Police Community Support Officer Gould asked for my name, which I gave. I was then asked for my date of birth, but I refused to provide that. Then I was told that I had to provide it and that failing to do so would result in me being detained until a police officer arrived.

I replied that I still wouldn’t be giving it to them and PCSO Morgan then proceeded to call the Norfolk Constabulary Contact and Control Room (CCR) and request that a police officer attend her location. She was told that no officers were available, at which time PCSOs Morgan and Gould walked back to their police station.

– Marcus D Potter

Norfolk England Constabulary Police Illegally Kidnap Cameraman in the UK for Filming in Public

The following post and accompanying videos were shared with the CopBlock Network by Marcus Potter, who has submitted numerous other videos to the CopBlock Network, as well. It was shared via the CopBlock.org Submissions Page.

Date of Incident: November 6, 2015
Officers Involved: PC Andrew Toes 427, Special Constable Jason Moran 7528, Police Community Support Officer Jason Chilvers 8391, PC David Allum 54, Police Sgt. 3180 Carl Eves, PC Derek Kevern
Department Involved: Norfolk Constabulary
Department Phone No.: +441953424242

On the 6th of November 2015, I was taking photographs of and video recording security guards at a fireworks event (the Big Boom). The guards had CSAS accreditation from the local Police force (Norfolk Constabulary) which gave them powers to marshal traffic.

I then had an interaction with a member of staff in which she asked me why I was taking photographs and when I refused to answer, she asked me for my name. I refused to provide this and she called for her supervisor. She identified herself and on request produced two ID cards, one of which was her company ID card and another of which was her CSAS ID card. I asked to see her designation card, so I could see what legal powers she had (if any) and asked if I was being detained to which she replied, “you will be.”

I then walked away and was followed, then grabbed by her two male colleagues and informed that I was now under detention on suspicion of taking photographs of security guards. She again asked me why I was taking photographs and I refused to tell her. She then radioed for police assistance. I also called them myself. When PCSO Jason Chilvers 8391 arrived, I explained what had happened and he replied that he couldn’t do anything because he is not a police officer but only a Police Community Support Officer.

PC Andrew Toes 427 and SC Jason Moran 7528 then arrived and PC Toes then engaged with me after asking me to move away from the security guards, which I did. I also provided him with my first name on request. SC Moran spoke to the guards whilst PCSO Chilvers remained with PC Toes and myself.

I used my interaction with PC Toes as an opportunity to report the assault, which was perpetrated against me by security staff. PC Toes then listened to SC Moran who provided the guards’ version of events, completely ignored my report of a crime, and asked me to leave the area. I refused at which point PC Toes requested my surname and address, which I refused to provide.

PC Toes subsequently informed me that “I am arresting you on suspicion of failing to provide me with your name and address as required under section 50 of the Police Reform Act 2002. You do not have to say anything, but it may harm your defense if you do not mention when questioned something which you later rely on in court. Anything you do say may be given in evidence. Do you understand?” – to which I made no reply.

He then handcuffed me to the front in the stack position and radioed for another officer (PC David Allum 54) to transport me to custody. I was placed into the rear of a van by PC Allum and verbally berated by him. At this point, he said “You never learn,” which I believe was a reference to previous encounters which I have had with him.

When I arrived at Wymondham Custody Centre, he escorted me to the holding area and continued berating me. PC Allum said to me, “you clearly have issues” and he also said that he would ask the Custody Sergeant to call a psychiatric nurse to assess me.

I was booked into custody at Wymondham Police Investigation Centre by PC Allum and in addition to my failure to provide my name and address to PC Toes, PC Allum also booked me in for breaching a section 35 notice, which is an offence under section 39 of the Anti Social Behaviour Policing and Crime Act 2014, despite never having been issued with a section 35 notice. It has since transpired that this was as a result of an error on the part of PC Toes whilst he relayed the circumstances of my arrest to PC Allum. During the booking process, I noticed that PC Allum had a private chat with the Custody Sergeant, Sgt 3180 Carl Eves.

Three hours later, I was released with no further action and bumped into Toes again. Toes explained that I was NFAd (no further actioned) for “health reasons” and that he turned a blind eye to the assault which I reported because I was taking photographs of “a woman on her own”. PC Toes later covered up the reason for turning a blind eye and said to investigating officer Derek Kevern from Norfolk Constabulary’s Professional Standards Department that he was told by SC Moran that none of the guards touched me, but instead stood in front of me in order to prevent me from leaving, which would have still been unlawful. One of my complaints against PC Toes, which was that he failed to accept my report of a crime was nevertheless upheld and it was determined that he had a case to answer for unsatisfactory performance. However, another one of my complaints, which was that the arrest was unlawful was not upheld.

Whilst I was not issued with a section 35 notice, I would like to add that PC Toes did plan on doing so and would have had I given him my surname and address. The power to issue section 35 notices comes from section 35 of the Anti Social Behaviour Policing and Crime Act 2014 and section 35 allows a police officer to disperse an individual from a locality if he reasonably suspects that their presence will contribute to anti-social behaviour or crime and the use of the power is authorized by a senior police officer (inspector rank or above) in writing. Such an authorisation may be given on the spot by the Duty Inspector at the request of a police officer of any rank. Breach is an offense under section 39 of the Anti Social Behaviour Policing and Crime Act 2014 and can be punished by a fine not exceeding £2500 and/or a term of imprisonment not exceeding 3 months.

– Marcus D Potter

This is a video that I recorded prior the the enclosed one:

Suffolk Constables in the United Kingdom Kidnap English Cameraman

The following post and accompanying videos were shared with the CopBlock Network by Marcus Potter, who has submitted numerous other videos to the CopBlock Network, as well. It was shared via the CopBlock.org Submissions Page.

Date of Incident: August 22, 2016
Officers Involved: Police Constable Andrew Overton 753, Police Constable 1898, and Police Sgt Clark 1146
Department involved: Suffolk Constabulary
Department Phone No.: +441473613500

On the 22nd August 2016, I visited the town of Ipswich, Suffolk, UK by train. I got off my train, passed through the ticket barriers and saw numerous police cars outside along with officers standing inside the station. I assumed that the officers were dealing with an incident and stood outside the station filming it from a distance.

After about five minutes, Police Constable Andrew Overton 753 and PC 1898 came out of the station and approached me. PC Overton asked me to turn off the camera, but I refused to do so. Overton then demanded that I desist filming and I asked who owned the property. He said that I was on train station property and I offered to move.

We then walked further from the station at which point Overton asked for my name and address. I asked whether I was obliged to provide him with this information and was told that I did have to. I asked under what law this was and was told that I was required to under section 50 of the “Police Reform Act” 2002. I stood my ground and refused, as I had not engaged in any anti-social behaviour.

He and his colleague, PC 1898, continued asking me for my details and explained why I was obliged to provide them. I was then arrested by Overton and PC 1898 removed my camera from my hand. Overton then searched me before PC 1898 asked me how to switch my camera off. I refused to tell him, at which point he said that if I didn’t tell him it might get damaged.

I told him how to do so and he switched it off. I was then searched by Overton and placed in the rear of a marked police car. I was then taken in custody by PC Overton and PC 1898 to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre where my detention was authorized. After a full day in the cells, I was released by Custody Sgt 1146 Clark without charge and with no further action.

I was then given a lift back to Ipswich Railway Station by PC 1908 with another officer present in the car. After a stopover (to swap this officer with another officer), she then took me home, as there were no trains running.

(Note: PC 1908 is one of the officers who stopped me outside Ipswich Town Football Club stadium on Portman Road, the good cop. Sgt 1146 Clark is the same officer who bailed me on the 1st August 2016.)

– Marcus Potter

Prelude Video:

Norfolk England Police Assault Then Unlawfully Arrest UK Cameraman For Filming in Public

The following post and accompanying videos were shared with the CopBlock Network by Marcus Potter, who has submitted numerous other videos to the CopBlock Network, as well. It was shared via the CopBlock.org Submissions Page.

Date Of Incident: December 12, 2015
Officers Involved: Police Constables 1169 Hogan, 1537 Gardiner, 1664, 1680 Wilson and 1749 Takeuchi, Custody Detention Officer 5063 Roosa, Custody Sgt. 3060 King
Department Involved: Norfolk Constabulary (Great Yarmouth Police)
Twitter Account: @GYarmouthPolice
Email Address: [email protected]
Telephone Number: +441953424242

I was filming police officers on Wherry Road in Norwich when I was assaulted by a doorman because I was too close to his pub. I threatened to punch him and he laughed at me. A police officer who was present – PC 1169 Hogan did not see the funny side and said to me “stop making a nuisance of yourself.” I ignored him knowing that my actions were justified and besides the supposed victim of my alleged crime was in stitches!

I carried on walking and filming officers and then approached PC Hogan to ask where the boundaries were of the private property that the doorman was referring to. Hogan stated that I was on the property and therefore “shouldn’t be filming.” I called his bluff as he was clearly abusing the law on trespass (which is not a criminal offense) to suit himself, to which he replied that I had been told to stop by a security guard who is in fact a representative of the landowner.

Knowing that Hogan was wrong I walked away and carried on filming to which he again said to me, “stop making a nuisance of yourself.” I stepped off the property and said to Hogan, “It’s fine!” to which he replied, “sir, you’ve been told about your conduct, come here please.” I said, “No, you come here please. Am I obliged to stop walking?”

Instead of answering my question, Hogan grabbed hold of me and I asked whether I was under arrest. Hogan said, “I am detaining you” to which I replied, “fuck off please” in the heat of the moment. Hogan continued lecturing me about my filming saying, “you’ve been acting in an anti-social manner” before knocking my camera off and moved it downwards.

He then demanded my name and date of birth under threat of arrest (using the Police Reform Act 2002 which does not give officers the power to demand a person’s date of birth – only name and address). I gave him my name, but refused my date of birth. I was warned that failing to give my date of birth would result in my arrest, to which I replied, “I’ve told you to fuck off, just fuck off. I don’t give a fuck what you say, fuck off.”

Hogan took umbrage to my language and arrested me under Section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986, despite my voice being no louder than a normal conversational volume. With the assistance of his colleague, PC 1537 Gardiner, Hogan handcuffed me in the front stack position and placed me on the floor in the prone position. Another officer present – PC 1664, radioed for the prisoner van to take me to custody.

Shortly afterwards, the prisoner van arrived and I was taken into custody (Wymondham Police Investigation Centre) by two other officers; PCs 1680 Wilson and 1749 Takeuchi. My cuffs were removed and replaced by a different set by Wilson (also applied in the front stack position). After some time waiting at the scene (whilst the circumstances were relayed from Hogan to Wilson) and the journey to Wymondham PIC. PC Takeuchi, Wilson and I waited for the availability of a member of custody staff to book me into custody. I was booked in by CDO 5063 Roosa and taken to my cell by himself. My detention was authorized by Custody Sgt 3060 King. After some time spent in my cell, I was further arrested by King for another alleged public order offense (Section 4A Public Order Act 1986). I was released on police bail without conditions, left the PIC and went on my way home.

– Marcus Potter

Prelude:

London Metropolitan Police Unlawfully Detain and Search UK Cameraman For Filming in Public

The following post and accompanying video were shared with the CopBlock Network by Marcus Potter, who has submitted numerous other videos to the CopBlock Network, as well. It was shared via the CopBlock.org Submissions Page.

Date of Incident: May 21, 2016
Officers Involved: Police Constables Mick Kelly YR247 and Trodden, Police Sgt. Matt Gee YR94, Inspector Paul Sanderson
Department Involved: Metropolitan Police Service (London)
Department Telephone No.: +44 20 7230 1212
Email Address: [email protected]

On May 21st 2016, shortly after being assaulted by Police Constable Todd, I continued filming police officers outside Wembley Stadium and was approached by Police Sgt. Matt Gee YR94. Sgt. Gee asked me to move to another area as a load of fans were about to leave the stadium. I complied and was again spoken to by him.

This time he was worried that I might be conducting “hostile reconnaissance” and asked to see my ID. I refused to produce it and as a result he unlawfully detained me under section 43 of the Terrorism Act 2000 for a search. I was then unlawfully told to remove my bag by another police officer who was present – PC Trodden. I complied under duress, as I had no choice in the matter, and Trodden then proceeded to unlawfully search me. He found nothing, but nevertheless he proceeded to search my bag.

He found my Criminal Behaviour Order (which as of November 30, 2016 is no longer in force) and credit card. He passed the CBO to another officer who was present – PC Mick Kelly YR247, so that he could run my name and date of birth through the Police National Computer. Kelly ran a PNC check which showed I was subject to a Criminal Behaviour Order, was on bail for breaching it, and was subject to bail conditions, which were identical to the provisions of my CBO.

Kelly read out loud the provisions of my CBO and asked me why I was filming police officers without first obtaining permission from them despite being banned from doing so in the county of Norfolk. I refused to tell him and he asked, “Is there something wrong with you sir?” to which I replied “No”. Kelly proceeded to say that there “must be” something wrong with me to be taking pictures of him and his colleagues “for no reason.”

Whilst the search was being conducted, Gee completed a stop and search form containing Gee’s full name and warrant number and offered me a copy, which I accepted. He introduced himself as Sgt Gee, provided his collar number (94YR), explained that he was attached to Harringey Borough and that he was “not local to here”. However, both Gee and Trodden failed to provide me with their police stations and names or collar numbers prior to the search, despite both officers being required to provide this information to a person detained for the purpose of a search prior to that search. He continued questioning me and I rather foolishly answered his questions. I then went on my way towards a nearby railway station and caught a train home.

– Marcus Potter

This video shows the encounter with Sgt. Gee ahead of the search:

Norfolk England Police Unlawfully Detain And Search UK Cameraman

The following post and accompanying video were shared with the CopBlock Network by Marcus Potter, who has submitted numerous other videos to the CopBlock Network, as well. It was shared via the CopBlock.org Submissions Page.

Date of Incident: August 19, 2015
Officers Involved: Police Constable David Allum 54, Police Community Support Officer Joseph Clark 8130, Police Sgt Stuart Daniels 645 and Derek Kevern
Department Involved: Norfolk (England) Constabulary
Facebook Page: Norfolk Police
Twitter Account: @NorfolkPolice
Email: [email protected]
Department Phone No.: +441953424242

On the 19th of August 2015, I was stopped by Police Constable David Allum 54 and Police Community Support Officer Joseph Clark 8130 in Norwich City Centre, Norfolk, United Kingdom after having videotaped Allum issue a male with a dispersal notice under section 35 of the Anti Social Behaviour Policing And Crime Act 2014.

After I shot my video and the male left, I switched off my camera and walked away. I crossed half way across St. Stephens Street when behind me I heard Allum and Clark call me back over. I was reluctant to do so and asked Allum if I was being detained. He replied that I was not and said to me “I just want to have a chat with you, that’s all.”

I again stood my ground and asked if I had to comply, to which he replied that I did “because you were filming me a second ago.” I explained why I was filming earlier and crossed over back to the side I originally was standing on. Allum asked me for my name and I asked him if he would like to take my national insurance number instead. I then provided him with it, to which he replied that he would “need to take” my name.

I again stood my ground and refused to provide Allum with my name, to which he replied, “the situation is this, OK, because of your behaviour you’ve given me suspicion, OK, in which case potentially I could be investigating a criminal offense here. Therefore, under the Police Reform 2000 Police Reform Act 2002 you are required to provide me with your details.”

Not knowing about that act at the time, I provided Allum with my name, after which he requested my date of birth. I initially refused to provide it, to which he warned me that failing to do so would result in my arrest. I then provided him with it because whilst I knew he had no power to demand it as the Police Reform Act 2002 only allows a police officer to require a person’s name and address, I did not want to be arrested and believed that Allum would have done so had I failed to provide him with my date of birth.

Allum then asked whether I was known to the police, to which I replied that I was as I have had encounters with them before. Allum then radioed the Norfolk Constabulary Contact and Control Room and provided the Communications Officer with my name and date of birth requesting a name check on the Police National Computer which came up with no trace as I had never been arrested as of the 19th of August 2015. Allum then asked me what my real name was, to which I replied that I had already provided him with it. I was then unlawfully detained and searched by him under section 1 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 in order to find my identification. He placed his hand into my pocket, removed my wallet and then proceeded to find my provisional driving license. He noted down my name, address, and date of birth on a C3 stop and search form before providing me with a copy of it in addition to a piece of paper explaining police stop and search powers and the police complaints procedure. Allum then placed the license back into my wallet before placing it back into my pocket and informing me that I was free to go. I said goodbye and went on my way.

I formally complained about Allum’s behaviour. This complaint was investigated by Derek Kevern from Norfolk Constabulary’s Professional Standards Department who in part upheld my complaint as I should not have been searched and the search was unlawful. Kevern also found that Allum had no power to arrest or require the provision of a name and address from myself. Kevern found that there was a case to answer for unsatisfactory performance on the part of Allum and his supervisor Sgt. Stuart Daniels 645 as he signed the C3 form without reading it and did not write to me in accordance with force policy. Kevern recommended to the Constabulary’s Human Resources Department that Daniels and Allum receive management advice. I since appealed to the Independent Police Complaints Commission on the grounds that Allum should have been dealt with more strictly bearing in mind that he effected an unlawful detention and also made a threat to unlawfully arrest me.

– Marcus Potter