We had an e-mail from a Crimebodge reader today, letting us know that by using the methods in our Ebook ‘Take on the Police and Win‘, she has just obtained a £650 payout from the Metropolitan Police for false imprisonment and trespass to goods.
All without ever having to step foot in court, nor issue any court claim…
STOPPED IN THE STREET FOR TALKING ON A MOBILE PHONE
Miss X – was stopped on the street when she walked past two police officers whilst talking into a mobile phone. The officers (wrongly) accused her of having made offensive comments about them and proceeded to interrogate her on the spot…Where was she going? Where had she been? Who she was on the phone too? And had she stolen the mobile she was using? Because as far as the police were concerned, her nervous fumbling with the handset to record the police was evidence enough to prove she had something to hide.
They then insisted that she hand it over so they could check the IMEI number.
When she refused, protesting that they had no right to randomly stop people in the street and prove their innocence of theft, the police threatened to arrest her if she didn’t comply. Reluctantly she gave in. One of the officers then made a phoney radio call to his control centre, pretended to check the IMEI then handed the phone back to Miss X. He then told her she could leave if she gave him her name and address. She rightly refused, and eventually the two officers reluctantly gave over bullying her and went off looking for some other non-offender they could squander their valuable police resources on.
OFFICIAL COMPLAINT AND CLAIM
Needless to say Miss X was shaken and angry about the whole encounter. The police had clearly abused their authority by detaining her on the street and we advised her that not only was this a false imprisonment, the taking of her phone had been a trespass to goods.
We advised her to use the methods described in our Ebook, by making a complaint with a view to furthering it for a claim for damages.
Needless to say the police denied any wrongdoing. They suggested that Miss X had offered her phone to the officers to be checked and did not do so under duress, even though the portion of the conversation she had recorded made the threat of arrest clear.
As far as the police were concerned the matter was concluded and the complaint was not upheld. A typical resolution for the vast majority of people who make complaints against the police. However, she had the ace up her sleeve, which was to issue the letter of claim we set out in our book, pointing out that as far as she – and the law were concerned – her rights had been infringed and she had a viable civil claim for damages.
The police rolled over and after a brief negotiation agreed a settlement of £650.
So yet again this proves that you do NOT need an expensive solicitor, or a greedy no-win no-fee lawyer to bring a successful action against the police. You don’t even need to issue a claim. What you do need is the willingness to stand up for yourself and a basic understanding of the law and of course…ahem…some crafty assistance from ‘Take on the Police and Win‘.