Police Officer who said I’ll make up a reason to arrest you has been suspended
A Lancashire Police officer has been suspended following the release of a video on line.
The Police officer was caught on camera and filmed telling a man he would “make up” a reason to arrest him within a threatening manner.
The cop has now been suspended while a full investigation is carried out.
The footage emerged over the weekend which show the police officer during what appeared to be a traffic stop shouting at a man before saying “Who are they going to believe, me or you?”
Before he then says I’ll “make up” a reason to arrest you.
Now the forces Chief Constable Andy Rhodes has indeed apologised for the incident claiming it is completely unacceptable language and behaviour for one of his officers.
Now a thorough investigation will now follow with the force confirming on Twitter the officer had now been suspended from duty.
Within the statement it said “We absolutely recognise the impact this footage has had on public confidence and following an initial review by our Professional Standards Department the officer involved has today been suspended from duty.
“We have also taken the decision to voluntarily refer the matter to the Independent Office of Police Conduct.
“We hope these actions go some way to reassuring the public how seriously we are treating this matter.
“We will be speaking to the man in the footage to keep him fully informed regarding the actions we are taking.”
Footage of the incident which happened in Accrington on Friday was released within social media and was quickly shared.
Many were rightly concerned about the action of the officer.
Police say the initial incident happened on Friday 17th April 2020 in a statement they said
“On the afternoon of Friday, 17 April, officers were making their way towards an address to execute a search warrant when they stopped to speak to a group of males with a quad bike.
“The footage shows language and behaviour from one officer which were completely unacceptable and for this I apologise without reservation.
“We recognise the impact this behaviour will have had, both on the young man concerned, and on the hard earned trust and confidence of the wider public, particularly the comments about making offences up.
“It only takes one incident like this to undo the hard work of so many.
“I want to reassure everyone that we are conducting a thorough investigation and I have referred the matter to our Professional Standards Department.
“We have spoken to the man in the footage and apologised and will be speaking to him again over the coming days to keep him fully informed regarding the actions we are taking.”