Police officer investigated for threatening to ‘make something up’ to arrest man
A police officer filmed threatening to ‘make something up’ in order to arrest a man is being investigated for gross misconduct.
The Lancashire Police officer – who has not been named – was suspended in April after a video showed him telling the man: ‘Who are they going to believe, me or you?’
A colleague of the officer is also under investigation, the police watchdog has said.
The clash with a member of the public was filmed on a mobile phone in Accrington on April 17 and later uploaded to social media.
Today, a spokesman for the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said investigations were continuing after the case was referred to them on April 20 by Lancashire Constabulary.
The spokesman said: ‘We started an independent investigation and subsequently received a complaint about the conduct of the officers which will be considered as part of that investigation.
‘One officer, who is alleged to have abused his powers, has been notified that he is under investigation for gross misconduct.
‘The second officer has been notified that he is under investigation for misconduct for an allegation that he did not challenge or report the conduct of the first officer.’
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IOPC regional director Amanda Rowe said: ‘I recognise that this incident has caused concern in the local community and, understandably, has raised questions about the conduct of the officers.
‘It is our role to independently investigate the matter to ensure the officers are accountable for their actions and to identify if any broader lessons could be learned.
‘This work is under way, and is progressing well.
‘Lancashire Constabulary, and the two officers, are cooperating with our inquiries.
‘We have spoken to the man who was stopped by the officers and we will keep him regularly updated on this investigation.’
Lancashire Police apologised for the officer’s ‘completely unacceptable’ language and behaviour after the footage emerged.
The man involved had told officers he was out picking up a quad bike he had bought when he was pulled over by police on April 17.
In the video, the driver was heard saying: ‘You’re harassing me, what for? I’ve done nothing wrong…’ But the officer responds: ‘Sit in your car and shut up.
‘I’ll lock you up… I’ll make something up… Who are they going to believe, me or you?’