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AIBU to report abuse of police power?

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SnipSnapSnip Thu 16-May-19 17:53:09

Without going into too much detail as it may be outing I was harassed by a uniformed police officer on the street and then he followed me into my place of work. This went on for an hour and forty minutes.

For the record I have committed no crime whatsoever, he just was just on some sort of dictatorship. I suspect it was possibly my religion or the fact I’m a young woman that wouldn’t give in to his bullying behaviour.

Obviously I haven’t been charged with any crime, as I didn’t commit any, so apart from the embarrassment & fear I’m no worse off in the long run. Should I leave it & rise above it? Or report it and risk being targeted again?

NotSuchASmugMarriedNow1 Thu 16-May-19 17:54:10


What did you do?

NC4Now Thu 16-May-19 17:55:55

What did he want from you? Sounds odd. Did he know who you were?

SnipSnapSnip Thu 16-May-19 17:56:00

Parked in a private car park (with permission) - just a fairly benign task

Jollymollyx Thu 16-May-19 17:56:55

I would report it if so felt u fairly targeted.
It could be someone matching your description has done something.

NC4Now Thu 16-May-19 17:57:35

Whose car park was it? The police’s?

I’m sorry, but there must be more to this.

Tigerlilly17 Thu 16-May-19 17:57:48

Definitely report it. Police can’t and won’t get involved with parking on private property. It’s a civil matter. He sounds like a knob

Caselgarcia Thu 16-May-19 18:00:38

How did he harass you?

NotSuchASmugMarriedNow1 Thu 16-May-19 18:01:51

He followed you into work and harassed you for an hour and 40 minutes?

SnipSnapSnip Thu 16-May-19 18:02:16

Honestly, there is nothing more to it me if he could have given me a ticket / fined me / arrested me he would have.

No it wasn’t a police car park. The person who owned the car park didn’t have an issue (he didn’t even know who owned it)

NC4Now Thu 16-May-19 18:03:46

So what did he want? What was he saying? Was he investigating a crime or something?

Or are you saying it was an hour and 40 mins of ‘you can’t park there’?

Caselgarcia Thu 16-May-19 18:03:47

All sounds very strange, did you get his number? Was he definitely a policeman?

CastleCrasher Thu 16-May-19 18:04:57

What actually happened? I'm imagining a situation where he says you can't park there, you say you can, you walk off and he, what? Follows you around for over an hour saying you need to move the car? Where were you? It sounds bizarre.

SnipSnapSnip Thu 16-May-19 18:07:04

He wanted me to park somewhere else, no there was no crime he was investigating and there were lots of other people parked there also.

upthetop Thu 16-May-19 18:09:33

How did you get rid of him in the end? Police do get it wrong sometimes although it doesn't seem like it was his rule to enforce.

Caselgarcia Thu 16-May-19 18:10:11

So did he give a reason why you shouldn't park there? How did you know he wasn't investigating a crime?

SnipSnapSnip Thu 16-May-19 18:10:14

Definitely a police man 100%.

Pretty much I walked on, he then started phoning me & then appeared in my work. He was able to get all details from my registration.

Stressedout10 Thu 16-May-19 18:15:15

Put in an official complaint he has broken the rules about use of information if what you say is true.

Caselgarcia Thu 16-May-19 18:15:20

I think there must be more to this, how did he get your phone number? The DVLA don't hold your employment details?

pigsDOfly Thu 16-May-19 18:16:06

Why didn't your report him as soon as you got into your place of work?

Was he keeping up a tirade for an hour and forty minutes, or did he turned up at your work within that time?

Seems very odd. Apart from anything else it's years since I've seen an actual police officer on the street doing anything, let alone getting involved in where people park.

Skittlesss Thu 16-May-19 18:19:19

Very vague of detail, op. If you are concerned then ring up and speak to the duty sergeant and tell her/him what happened.

Gigglinghysterically Thu 16-May-19 18:20:38

He must have given you a reason why you couldn't park there? There's something missing from the conversation here. I do not believe that a police officer would harass you for 1 hour 40 minutes if you've done nothing wrong.

What was your response and attitude towards him?

How does the police officer know what your religion is?
Why would a polce officer bully a young woman?

10storeylovesong Thu 16-May-19 18:22:21

Your registration number would give your name, address and insurance company. It does not have your phone number or employment details.

TitianaTitsling Thu 16-May-19 18:22:36

No way is your mobile number and work place recorded with DVLA!

SD1978 Thu 16-May-19 18:24:59

Sorry- but the police don't get your place of work from your registration- your home address and possibly phone number, but unless you've been previously picked up form work and it's a 'known' address, I don't believe he turned up there somehow unless he followed you the whole way.

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