Stu Posted June 10, 2009 Share Posted June 10, 2009 bloody copper. Walking home from a friend's birthday who lives a couple of streets away, it's not the warmest night so I've got my hoody wrapped around me while I'm talking to said friend on the phone and listening to my iPod in the other ear. When I hang up the phone, I'm already on my street and I notice that there's a Police car idling slowly alongside me, I take my other headphone out and pull my hood down to address the officer (their window was down). I'm asked an aggressive (i.e. no 'sir', no smiles, no attempt at conveying a sense of duty) "are you lost" - to which I reply "no", so then they fire back "where are you going", which I explain "home", followed by a very curt "where do you live" to which I reply "around here" (i.e. unless it's suddenly become the law to tell strangers where you live, I'm perfectly entitled not to disclose my address in the middle of the street). At which point, PC Plod (actually, PC Lucas of Byker Station OIN 1396) gets all aggressive and demands that I wait by the corner of the road as he pulls the car over. As I'm feeling a bit confused, I go to make a record of the police car registration (last time I was stopped & searched, the officer told me he'd send me a form in the post...it never materialised). Both officers jump out and start repeating the same question, I simply ask what I've done to make them question me, which doesn't go down all that well. Apparently, once the question has been carefully repeated 3 or 4 times, this is an area of high crime and the police want to check upon people being evasive with the police (!) and those wearing a hooded top (!!!!) - I reply that I live on this road and haven't noticed any crime for a few years, at which point PC Lucas demands to take my full details and issue me a Stop/Stop and Search form...takes all of my details, runs a check upon my name (can't resist a few sarcy comments). I ask for his name, he refuses to tell me directly, insisting that it will be on the form. I ask his female colleague if I'm being unreasonable, she tells me her name, I ask him again (without raised voice, without swearing, simply calm & reasonable), he eventually tells me the truth...PC LUCAS..!! Then after giving me a load of spiel about how they're actively preventing crime by stopping people late at night in the area (he forgot to say "wearing a hoody" but the message was obvious), he gives me a piece of paper and gets back into his car. I start to walk home and look at the piece of paper, supposedly a stop/stop & search form, when I realise that none of my details are actually on the form...!! I run down to catch up with the police car and stop the car, asking the officer (politely) if he minds pulling over (yes, he does). He gets out of the car and immediately accuses me of being drunk & disorderly (!) when I question him about the validity of the ticket he's just given me, he asks to see the ticket and then tries to rip it out of my hand (!!!) - for fucks sake man, if you've made a mistake, just admit it! Instead, he conjures up another ticket while his colleague looks up in complete confusion...these people are supposed to be preventing/solving crimes?! Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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