Manraj Gahir, 21, was driving home after playing tennis with his friend Danish Ahmed, 22, when they were stopped by a police van in Morland Road, Addiscombe, at about 7.55pm last Tuesday.
Officers searched the car after telling the pair they were investigating a spate of burglaries in the area.Fair enough. Nothing wrong with that.
Mr Gahir who is studying to become a quantity surveyor, said: "They were very aggressive, as soon as they opened the door they grabbed us out. They said it was because there was a torch next to us and we might use it as a weapon."Yes, it could be used as such. Nothing wrong with that, though a sensible, not out-for-aggro officer will do well to keep that in mind rather than broadcast it to the (currently presumed innocent?) member of the public they just stopped...
"I had a belt and aftershave in the car door, the car is like my wardrobe I had about ten jackets in there too. They came over with the belt and said what is this used for? "I said 'Sir it's a clothing accessory,' but they said 'no that is not what we think it is intended for.
We are arresting you for possession of an offensive weapon.'*speechless*
The friends were taken to South Norwood custody centre, where they were kept for six hours before being released without charge.*still speechless*
Mr Gahir said the incident had left himself and Mr Ahmed, who is studying to become a doctor, with no confidence in the police.Me too. If those officers aren't disciplined, and preferably removed from the force, we can expect more riots.
FFS! What were they thinking?
Superintendent Rob Atkin, Deputy Borough Commander for Croydon police said: "The Met has recently reviewed its stop and search policy and we are making changes to improve the way stop and search is carried out."That word you use, 'improve'. I don't think it means what you think it means...
* No. Not that! God, what filthy minds you all have....