The Metropolitan Police said compensation had been paid and an apology issued.Well, big deal! Why are you not taking disciplinary action against the (unnamed) Inspector?
'The inspector told (Jules) he was a public hazard and said that photographing in public was 'anti-social behaviour'.I guess it’s just as well none of his Oxford colleagues were nearby when he said that, eh?
'He described the act of taking photographs as 'silly' and 'gay' and 'stupid''.
The lawyer continued: 'When (Jules) continued to state the lawfulness of his behaviour, the inspector declared it was 'dangerous' as he was 'likely to be trampled on by soldiers' from the parade.'What, if he spooked them, and they stampeded..?
Solicitor Chez Cotton, head of the police misconduct department at Bindmans, said: 'The police had no legal power to stop him photographing in a public place. The inspector attempted to justify his actions in shocking and absurd ways.'And, what’s even worse, he did it in public and while he was being filmed.
Therefore he must have had full confidence that he wouldn’t be facing any censure at all for his behaviour…
And I can’t help but contrast that video with this one.
Whatever we may think of ticket inspectors, it’s hard not to admire the professionalism and refusal to give in or to stoop to the little oik’s level, and he is then assisted in his job by a member of the public. He’s a credit to his profession, and should be rightly commended by his employers.
While the video shot by Mattsson simply serves to further debase the reputation of the police while he still remains in uniform...
H/T: RAB via email