‘Frustrated’ police officer confronts lawyer cyclist

This is the moment a police officer tries to pull a head camera from a cyclist   after stopping him for allegedly jumping a red light.

 

The PC appears to lash out when the rider continually argues with him and   refuses to give his details during the incident on Edgware Road, in central   London.

The rider tells the officer, known only as PC Stout, that he is not obliged to   give the requested information and in turn the PC threatens him with arrest.

But the document the policeman cites as law – which is known as IDCOPPLAN – is   in fact only a guideline that helps police decide whether or not to make an   arrest.

Challenging the officer’s knowledge, the cyclist says: “Before I give you my   surname can you tell me what the detail of that law is?”

Unable to answer the question directly, PC Stout replies: “You’re obliged to   give me your details for me to issue you a ticket.”

The cyclist sticks to his guns and does not give the details needed for a   ticket to be handed to him, and the officer admits that he does not know the   wording.

The cyclist, who admits to being “a student of the law”, then asks:   “You are telling me you don’t need to know what the law is?”, the policeman   asks if he wants to turn the camera off.

The biker responds saying: “No I don’t want to turn it off. It’s my right to   carry it with me and to film this to make sure for my own protection and for   yours.”

He is then asked for his documents but, as he is not driving a car, he does   not have any documents to hand over.

PC Stout repeats his threat saying: “I have got no further option but to   arrest you.”

The exchange continues until the biker says “how am I meant to know what I am   doing?” but is cut off as PC Stout appears to put his hand over the camera.

Before cycling off he shouts “Can you not touch me? You touched the camera,   you tried to touch the camera, don’t you dare do that.”

A Met Police spokesman said: “We were first made aware of this video in   June 2011 when the incident was published on YouTube and the officer   concerned received advice with regards to use of the Road Traffic Act.

“The cyclist concerned was later spoken to about this matter. The officer was   right to stop the cyclist and we would like to remind all cyclists of the   dangers of not stopping when a red light is shown at traffic lights.”

Original article here

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