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Norfolk Constabulary Kidnap UK CopBlocker Marcus Potter for Publicly Filming Cops Outside a McDonald’s

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

In this post, marcus was legally filming several cops inside a McDonald’s. Soon after, a manager takes offense to him filming the inside of the store, even though it is clearly within public view from the outside. Also, in spite of his claim that they “can’t be filmed,”  that manager even states that they have cameras of their own inside.

Whether the fact he was filming the police is related to his complaint isn’t clear, but regardless of that, this complaint is used as an excuse by officers from the Norfolk Constabulary to first harass and demand ID from Marcus and then to illegally arrest him, when he refuses those demands.

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: February 2, 2017
Officers Involved: PCs Christopher Giddens #31 and Katie Swann #1161, Sgt. Daniel Smith #3427, Sgt. Youngs #174, and Sgt Willows #702
Department Involved: Norfolk Constabulary
Department Telephone No.: +441953424242
Department Facebook Page: Norfolk Constabulary on FB
Department Twitter Account: @NorfolkPolice

 

I was doing some CopBlocking in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, UK and had pointed my camera into the local McDonald’s, at which point a disgruntled member of staff (Steve) approached me and proceeded to whine about my filming. Sgt, Dan Smith 3427 approached Steve and asked if I was upsetting him or his customers. He explained that he wasn’t allowed to be filmed and that I was upsetting him.

At this point, another officer present, PC Christopher Giddens 31, got out a section 35 pad and Smith used Section 50 Police Reform Act 2002 to demand my name and address so that his colleague could issue me with a section 35 notice. I stood my ground and refused to give either officer these details, at which point Giddens arrested and then read the caution to me. Smith then handcuffed me and Smith then conducted a Section 32 PACE search. After this was concluded, I was then placed in the rear of Smith’s van by Giddens and he sat with me in the back whilst Smith drove us to Great Yarmouth Police Investigation Centre.

I was walked up to the holding area by both officers and took a seat whilst the custody sergeant became available. After about five minutes, the buzzer sounded alerting Smith and Giddens that the custody sgt. was available and I was taken to a charge desk where I was booked in by Sgt. Youngs 174 of the Suffolk Constabulary. I cooperated with most questions and provided her with my name (which I hadn’t been asked for prior to this point) but refused to provide my date of birth which she demanded from me using a number of threats.

Eventually, I was subject to a second search, which was conducted by PC Giddens. After this search was concluded, my bag was searched and all possessions were handed to Youngs, including my driving license that stated my date of birth and address. This information was entered onto the computer by Youngs. At this point, I expected to be released from my custody without charge and issued with a section 35 notice. However, I was taken to a cell for no apparent reason and my unlawful detention in custody continued for another six hours.

I was then taken to the charge desk by a police officer, at which point I was charged and released on bail to attend Great Yarmouth Magistrates Court with conditions “Not to enter Great Yarmouth except to attend court or for a prearranged solicitor’s appointment for reason to prevent further offenses on bail” by Sgt Willows 702 of the Suffolk Constabulary. I was then shown out of Great Yarmouth Police Investigation Centre and made my way home. I returned to court and pleaded “no case to answer” and was released on unconditional bail to attend my trial at Great Yarmouth Magistrates Court.

My custody records stated that the circumstances of arrest were: “DP has been at a location filming people outside and inside which has antagonized people & caused issues and was going to be given a sec 35 but refused details.” That my detention was authorized by Sgt Youngs 174 of the Suffolk Constabulary as being necessary for the following purpose: “To ascertain details as DP refuses to provide those details” and that the reasons the arrest was necessary were: “To enable the address of the person in question to be ascertained, per PACE CodeG 2.9 (b). To enable the name of the person in question to be ascertained, per PACE CodeG 2.9 (a).” It also stated that the arresting officer was PC Giddens 31, the same officer giving the account of arrest to Youngs, that the escorting officer was Sgt. Smith 3427 and that “The search was conducted by PC31 Giddens.” In relation to my unlawful handcuffing it stated: “Force/Restraint was used because front stack in roder.”

It later transpired from the video footage that PC Giddens spoke to his colleague, PC Katie Swann 1161 whilst Smith searched me and asked her to get a few lines from Steve stating that “distress” was caused by my actions. He explained that I had been arrested under “section 59” which in fact relates to the seizure of vehicles and is a section of the Police Reform Act 2002.

– Marcus D Potter

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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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Norfolk Constabulary Refuses FOIA Request for Details of How They Would Respond to Zombie Attack

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

Say what you want about Potter’s choice of subject matter on this particular post, but I personally think this is a pretty valid concern these days. I’ll just have to agree to disagree with anyone that thinks this is a question that should not be asked. It’s too late once the zombies have taken to the streets to come up with an attack plan.

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Date Of Incident: November 18, 2016
Officers Involved: John McQuire and Amanda Gibson
Department Involved: Norfolk Constabulary
Department Telephone No.: +441953424242
Department Facebook Page: Norfolk Constabulary on FB
Department Twitter Account: @NorfolkPolice

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How Norfolk Constabulary would respond to a zombie outbreak was the subject of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by myself.

I asked two simple questions:

  • What are the provisions in case of a zombie apocalypse, and:
  • How prepared is the constabulary for a zombie apocalypse?

However my request to see how the police would tackle a hungry mob of zombies eating their way through the county’s population was rejected.

While it may seem a brain dead request, I was not happy when the police said his plea was “vexatious”, so he fleshed out why he felt it was in the public interest.

I said: “It does in fact have a serious purpose because whilst I do accept that the possibility is remote, there is a possibility that zombies may attack the County of Norfolk.

I added: “In such an event it is inevitable that these officers will be called to dispatch the living dead by members of the public and members of other emergency services, in particular the ambulance service who may encounter them whilst responding to emergency calls.”

“Therefore it is in the public interest that the constabulary are prepared for such an eventuality and that officers are correctly trained in appropriate techniques to dispatch the living dead and knowing the limits of their capacity in doing so.”

“For example, it is essential that an unarmed response officer knows what to do when they notice the living dead and whether they should instead request armed backup. Either way it is essential that officers know what to do in such an event both for their own safety and that of others who they might bite if infected.”

A review by Norfolk Police’s Information Compliance Manager, John McGuire, stated: “I have considered this as part of my review and I do not agree with the applicant. The probability of a plan being required is so remote that should resources be tasked in producing a plan it is likely to be in the public interest from the opposite view, due to the potentially ineffective use of resources against other operational priorities.”

What I find very difficult to understand is that despite the more feasible risk of a zombie attack in Norfolk, the Norfolk Constabulary consider me a serious risk to their organizational security and have spent ridiculous amounts of time and tax payers’ money to mitigate the supposed risk that I cause to them. Norfolk Constabulary have even gone as far as successfully applying for a Criminal Behaviour Order against me, which was awarded to them, but subsequently discharged by Recorder Wilson in November 2016, on the grounds that it was not helpful in preventing anti-social behaviour. He did, however, warn me that my behaviour was serious enough to warrant such an order.

– Marcus D Potter

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Norfolk England Police Community Support Officer Calls US National Anthem a “Fascist Soundtrack”

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.

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Date Of Incident: November 16, 2016
Officers Involved: Police Community Support Officer Bethany Slaughter 8548
Department Involved: Norfolk Constabulary
Department Telephone No.: +441953424242
Department Facebook Page: Norfolk Constabulary on FB
Department Twitter Account: @NorfolkPolice

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On the 16th of November 2016,  the Crown Prosecution Service made an application to vary my Criminal Behaviour Order by adding extra terms and making the existing ones more stringent. One of the witness statements was written by a Police Community Support Officer from the Norwich Operational Partnership Team, namely PCSO 8548 Bethany Slaughter and accused me of adding “fascist soundtracks” to one of my videos which is called “PC Hicks Calls For Backup”, namely the “Star Spangled Banner” and a song called “Cowardly Assault.”

PCSO 8548’s witness statement then said that I also make “regular comparisons of police to Nazis (which I don’t dispute) and then the statement quoted lines (which I am alleged to have said) from a psychiatric report and said that “I, and I imagine a large amount of people, find the likening of police officers (who are also members of the public) to Nazis and other fascist regimes, incredibly offensive and inappropriate.”

– Marcus D Potter

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This is the version that had the song “Cowardly Assault” enclosed:

This is the version with the “Star Spangled Banner” played in the background:

Cambridgeshire Police Arrest UK CopBlocker For Filming Them Arrest a Man That Refused To Pay Bill

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: May 13, 2016
Officers Involved: Police Constables 1145 Eitan Joseph and 1158 Jamie Williams, PCs D Newton and 2065 Doug Mccolm, Sgt 387 Sterne
Department Involved: Cambridgeshire Constabulary
Department Telephone No.: +441480456111
Department Twitter Account: @cambscops

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I was in Cambridge doing some copblocking when I came across Police Constables 1158 Jamie Williams and 1145 Eitan Joseph who were dealing with a man who had been arrested after a cafe called the police on him because he did not pay for his food. The officer said that if he paid his debt to the cafe, they would de-arrest him and he would be free to go, but that if he didn’t, he would be taken to the police station and charged with a criminal offense. He replied that he did not want to pay the debt and told Joseph to “fucking get on with it”. He was then further arrested under section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986.

After I stopped filming, Joseph told me to “go home.” I told him that I would not do so. Joseph then pushed me away and told me to “fuck off.” I refused to comply and pushed him back. I then told him to “fuck off back to your own country” and was then arrested on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offense (section 4A Public Order Act 1986). I was handcuffed by Joseph and another officer, namely PC D. Newton, arrived. PC Newton removed my cuffs and bag before reapplying the cuffs and searching me. I was then placed into the back of a prisoner van by Newton and further arrested by Joseph on suspicion of assaulting a Police Constable acting in the execution of his duties. I was then taken to custody by yet another officer, PC Doug Mccolm whilst Williams placed the other detained person in the back of Newton’s van. Joseph then spoke to Newton and the other detained person was then taken into custody by Newton. At this point, Williams and Joseph drove off in their cars, Newton drove off in his van and Mccolm drove off in his van. All officers headed back to Parkside Police Station, Cambridge.

On arrival at Parkside Police Station my handcuffs were removed by Joseph and I took a seat in the holding area where I was then supervised by Mccolm as Joseph was busy dealing with the other man he had arrested. After being taken to the charge desk by Joseph and Mccolm, I was given a more through search by Mccolm and my bag was searched by the custody officer, namely Sgt 387 Sterne. Joseph gave the circumstances of my arrest to Sterne and I was booked in by Sterne. On the grounds of my Autism, Sterne then decided not to authorize my detention. I was then given a lift to Cambridge Railway Station by Joseph and another police officer also joined me in his vehicle.

– Marcus D Potter

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Part Two:

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:

London Metropolitan Police Constables Claim You Need Permission to Film Specific Individuals 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: August 27, 2016
Officers Involved: Police Constables 945QK Murphy and 136QK Hill
Department Involved: Metropolitan Police Service
Department Twitter Account: @MPSHackney
Department Facebook Page: Metropolitan Police Service UK
Department Telephone No.: +44300 123 1212

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On August 27th 2016, I decided to visit Wembley, London and to do some CopBlocking whilst there. I also did some filming of security guards in a pub, who as a result became aggressive towards me. I then phoned 999 and requested the police to which they began laughing and saying that I was wasting their time.

An hour later, two Metropolitan Police Officers arrived, namely PCs 945QK Murphy and 136QK Hill. I spoke to them about what happened and they went to the pub to speak to the security guards. They then came back to me, at which point Murphy warned me that any filming directed towards a specific person (other than a police officer) without their consent would be a criminal offense.

At this point, Murphy radioed her Sgt and then got back to me with incorrect information, namely that an aggravated form of the offense would be committed if the subject was under 18. I corrected her and stated that for any offense to be committed by the filming of a child, the video would have to be of an indecent nature and, as I have not, am not, and will not take any indecent videos of children, no offense would be or has been committed by me.

Murphy replied that she was correct and we agreed to disagree. Murphy further warned me that by filming in the footprint of Wembley I was committing the civil tort of trespass and could be directed to leave by a police officer or representative of Brent Council if I continued to film. I continued to film and was not told to leave the footprint at any point. I was later told by another officer that I was in fact free to film in any public place, whether or not in the footprint.

– Marcus D Potter

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London Metropolitan Police Attempt to Demand ID From Cameraman at Hackney One Carnival

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: September 11, 2016
Officers Involved: Metropolitan Special Constables Mohammed Rob 5122GD and Egwuatu 5747GD
Department Involved: Metropolitan Police Service
Department Twitter Account: @MPSHackney
Department Facebook Page: Metropolitan Police Service UK
Department Telephone No.: +44300 123 1212

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This video was filmed on the 11th September 2016 and shows you that the Metropolitan Police Service cannot issue you with a section 35 notice without knowing your name and address. You do not have to give your name and address unless the police have lawful grounds to require them, e.g. under Section 50 of the Police Reform Act 2002.

I was recording Metropolitan police officers at the Hackney One Carnival in London, at which point a police officer, namely Metropolitan Special Constable Egwuatu 5747GD, took umbrage to my filming. He told me to “move on” and said “You’ve been warned about being here.”

He was clearly quite annoyed by my filming and wanted me to go away solely because of it. I stood my ground and refused to go. He then tasked another officer, namely Metropolitan Special Constable Mohammed Rob 5122GD, to disperse me from the area using section 35 of the Anti-social Behaviour Policing and Crime Act 2014.

Rob again asked me to leave the area, which I refused to do. He then explained that he would be issuing me with a section 35 notice on the grounds of my filming, at which point he asked for my name and address and asked me to stop filming.

I refused to comply with Rob’s request or provide him with my name and address. Rob then said he would be back to continue talking to me and left. I remained at the location filming for about two hours, during which I again bumped into Rob and Egwuatu. They both ignored me.

– Marcus D Potter

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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