The following post and accompanying video were shared with the CopBlock Network by Marcus Potter, a UK CopBlocker who has submitted numerous other videos (see “related posts” section below) to the CopBlock Network, as well. It was shared via the CopBlock.org Submissions Page.
In this post, marcus was legally filming several cops inside a McDonald’s. Soon after, a manager takes offense to him filming the inside of the store, even though it is clearly within public view from the outside. Also, in spite of his claim that they “can’t be filmed,” that manager even states that they have cameras of their own inside.
Whether the fact he was filming the police is related to his complaint isn’t clear, but regardless of that, this complaint is used as an excuse by officers from the Norfolk Constabulary to first harass and demand ID from Marcus and then to illegally arrest him, when he refuses those demands.
If you have a video, personal story involving police misconduct and/or abuse, or commentary about a law enforcement related news story, we would be happy to have you submit it. You can find some advice on how to get your submission published on the CopBlock Network within this post.
Date Of Incident: February 2, 2017
Officers Involved: PCs Christopher Giddens #31 and Katie Swann #1161, Sgt. Daniel Smith #3427, Sgt. Youngs #174, and Sgt Willows #702
Department Involved: Norfolk Constabulary
Department Telephone No.: +441953424242
Department Facebook Page: Norfolk Constabulary on FB
Department Twitter Account: @NorfolkPolice
I was then taken to the charge desk by a police officer, at which point I was charged and released on bail to attend Great Yarmouth Magistrates Court with conditions “Not to enter Great Yarmouth except to attend court or for a prearranged solicitor’s appointment for reason to prevent further offenses on bail” by Sgt Willows 702 of the Suffolk Constabulary. I was then shown out of Great Yarmouth Police Investigation Centre and made my way home. I returned to court and pleaded “no case to answer” and was released on unconditional bail to attend my trial at Great Yarmouth Magistrates Court.
My custody records stated that the circumstances of arrest were: “DP has been at a location filming people outside and inside which has antagonized people & caused issues and was going to be given a sec 35 but refused details.” That my detention was authorized by Sgt Youngs 174 of the Suffolk Constabulary as being necessary for the following purpose: “To ascertain details as DP refuses to provide those details” and that the reasons the arrest was necessary were: “To enable the address of the person in question to be ascertained, per PACE CodeG 2.9 (b). To enable the name of the person in question to be ascertained, per PACE CodeG 2.9 (a).” It also stated that the arresting officer was PC Giddens 31, the same officer giving the account of arrest to Youngs, that the escorting officer was Sgt. Smith 3427 and that “The search was conducted by PC31 Giddens.” In relation to my unlawful handcuffing it stated: “Force/Restraint was used because front stack in roder.”
It later transpired from the video footage that PC Giddens spoke to his colleague, PC Katie Swann 1161 whilst Smith searched me and asked her to get a few lines from Steve stating that “distress” was caused by my actions. He explained that I had been arrested under “section 59” which in fact relates to the seizure of vehicles and is a section of the Police Reform Act 2002.
– Marcus D Potter
- London Police Restrain CopBlocker Being Harassed While Filming “For His Own Safety”
- Cops Assault Cameraman on Suspicion that He May Be A Terrorist
- London Metropolitan Police Assault Cameraman
- London Ministry of Defence Police Officer And Employee Assault Videographer for Filming in Public
- British Cop Block Cheeriness Makes America Look Like the Texas of the World
- Suffolk Police Threaten To Arrest Cameraman; Play Good Cop Bad Cop
- Suffolk Police Assault and Unlawfully Arrest Cameraman
- London Metro Police Unlawfully Detain and Search Man Filming at Wembley Stadium
- British Transport Police Officers Kidnap and Assault UK Copblocker For Filming Police
- City of London Police Assault Woman For Arguing During Detention
- Norfolk England Police Unlawfully Detain And Search UK Cameraman
- London Metropolitan Police Unlawfully Detain and Search UK Cameraman For Filming in Public
- Norfolk England Police Assault Then Unlawfully Arrest UK Cameraman For Filming in Public
- Suffolk Constables in the United Kingdom Kidnap English Cameraman
- Norfolk England Constabulary Police Illegally Kidnap Cameraman in the UK for Filming in Public
- London’s Metropolitan Police Harass; Attempt to Take Advantage of Autistic Cameraman
- Cambridgeshire Police Officers Illegally Assault UK Cameraman for Filming in Public
- Norfolk England Constabulary Police Community Support Officers Threaten To Have UK CopBlocker Arrested
- London Metropolitan Police Attempt to Demand ID From Cameraman at Hackney One Carnival
- London Metropolitan Police Constables Claim You Need Permission to Film Specific Individuals in Public
- Norfolk England Police Turn A Blind Eye as Security Guard Assaults Man for Filming in Public
- Norfolk Police Disregard Threat From Security Guard and Instead Arrest Man For Filming
- Norfolk Constabulary Special Constable Refuses Collar Number
- Norfolk Constabulary Officers Ignore Threat From Security Guard Again
- Norfolk England Police Community Support Officer Calls US National Anthem a “Fascist Soundtrack”
- Norfolk Constabulary Refuses FOIA Request for Details of How They Would Respond to Zombie Attack
- Home Office Immigration Officer And Norfolk Constabulary Detective Constable Assault UK Cameraman