A shocking video has recently surfaced which shows a police officer from Lancashire, England, saying he will "make something up" to have a young man arrested.
In the video, the young man can be clearly heard pleading with the police officer, saying:
"You're arresting me? What for? I've done nothing wrong."
The officer responds:
"I'll lock you up.... We'll make something up… who are they going to believe, me or you?"
@LancsPolice https://t.co/pXuG4pf64L— Stevie (@Stevie) 1587200286.0
Lancashire police office 2 inches from this boys face shouting the odds . Boy says “I have done nothing wrong” Po… https://t.co/4Chx4uUJKI— SpanishDan 💙 ”FBPE (@SpanishDan 💙 ”FBPE) 1587205564.0
Not surprised to see this Lancashire Police officer threatening to 'make something up'. I was arrested last year f… https://t.co/N6erpcfw9C— Kingsley Sheteh (@Kingsley Sheteh) 1587232647.0
Lancashire's Chief Constable Andy Rhodes quickly issued an apology to the young man via Twitter.
Further to our earlier post regarding an incident in Accrington, please see a statement from Chief Constable Andy R… https://t.co/7covUbHEKm— Lancashire Police (@Lancashire Police) 1587224232.0
For many, however, the apology wasn't enough.
@StevieeeWx @LancsPolice "I'll make something up" ??? If that officer is still an officer by noon today then as a f… https://t.co/6dFRffq3qc— @molinespinto (@@molinespinto) 1587203791.0
@StevieeeWx @LancsPolice This officer needs to be fired for threatening to fake an offence.— Glostermeteor 🔶 (@Glostermeteor 🔶) 1587217629.0
Twitter was seemingly unanimous in its calls for the officer's removal.
@MolinesPinto @StevieeeWx @LancsPolice If that officer is saying "I'll make something up who will they believe" the… https://t.co/p69wjFZq1o— Dave Harrison (@Dave Harrison) 1587205443.0
@itchingseason @StevieeeWx @LancsPolice Professional standards need to audit every piece of paperwork he has signed… https://t.co/LKtpic8ADl— Sirius Brown (@Sirius Brown) 1587206489.0
It's hard to imagine a more harmful piece of audio when it comes time to persecute real crime.
@ultracrepidity @StevieeeWx @LancsPolice he should be summarily sacked. Absolutely shameful appalling behaviour.— John Foster (@John Foster) 1587209169.0
This is not the justice police officers are supposed to uphold.
@StevieeeWx @LancsPolice Disgraceful, this officer has shamed the @LancsPolice force.— Gwyn (@Gwyn) 1587206054.0
@StevieeeWx @LancsPolice Shameful standard of Policing. I trust that this falls well below the standard of integrit… https://t.co/VlKxpPntvm— Cardinal Biggles McFerryFace #FBPE 3.5% 🇬🇧 🇪🇺 (@Cardinal Biggles McFerryFace #FBPE 3.5% 🇬🇧 🇪🇺) 1587215314.0
If Lancashire Police want to save face, they have to sack the officer at the very least. If he were a security guard, he'd lose his license.— Demoncard (@Demoncard) 1587229966.0
Hopefully the Lancashire Police Department follows up with guarantees of proper treatment in the future.
He needs more than an apology from the Lancashire Police. Looking forward to seeing the news that the officer in qu… https://t.co/16sLcxIKVZ— Jay Beecher (@Jay Beecher) 1587233017.0
No person should ever be persecuted for doing nothing wrong and it's the police's job to make sure that is the case.