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Man in Pig Mask Arrested for Impersonating Police Officer

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Man in Pig Mask Arrested for Impersonating Police Officer

The Free Thought Project
written by: John Vibes
May 27, 2014
 

Image Credit: Andy Smith

Steven Peers, a 46 year old father of four was recently arrested in Manchester for impersonating a police officer.  Mr. Peers was not attempting to commit any crime, but was actually wearing a noticeable costume in hopes to call attention to, and raise awareness about police corruption and misconduct.

His costume did include a police hat and jacket, but the pig mask that he was wearing made it obvious that the whole thing was a joke.  Unfortunately, the police didn’t find the joke very funny, and they arrested him for impersonating an officer.

A police department spokesman said in a statement that “At about 4pm on Thursday 22 May 2014, a man was arrested in Manchester city centre on suspicion of impersonating a police officer.“He was released on bail until 17 July 2014 pending further inquiries.”

The arrest has created a wave of backlash on the internet, and Mr. Peers says that the charges will never hold up in court.

After his arrest he told reporters that, “my reaction to being arrested was total disbelief. I was wearing a toy hat and a pig mask and was arrested for impersonating a police officer. It’s ridiculous….If they want to take it to court they will be a laughing stock because there is no substance to it whatsoever. I don’t think it’s antagonistic. It’s just a parody making fun of GMP. I’ve dressed like this at Barton Moss, in front of Swinton police station and in front of the force HQ in Newton Heath. Other officers have laughed it off.”

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    • desertspeaks

      they don’t like it when someone points out the TRUTH!

    • John Allman

      It’s hilarious to watch the videos, but the joke must have worn a bit thin towards the end of the massive EIGHT HOURS that “Officer 666″ was held in captivity. That raises the spectre of extra-judicial punishment being administered by the police without any prosecution or conviction, for something that is not a crime in the first place.

      The offence on “suspicion” of which he was arrested, and locked up for eight bloomin’ hours, is defined as any of the following:

      (1) Any person who with intent to deceive impersonates a member of a police force or special constable, or makes any statement or does any act calculated falsely to suggest that he is such a member or constable, shall be guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale, or to both.

      (2) Any person who, not being a constable, wears any article of police uniform in circumstances where it gives him an appearance so nearly resembling that of a member of a police force as to be calculated to deceive shall be guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.

      (3) Any person who, not being a member of a police force or special constable, has in his possession any article of police uniform shall, unless he proves that he obtained possession of that article lawfully and has possession of it for a lawful purpose, be guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 1 on the standard scale.

      So, if guilty, he wouldn’t have been deprived of his liberty anyway, unless he failed to pay his fine!

      The only possible defences I can see to a civil action against the police for wrongful arrest, are either that he had “intent to deceive” the public with his theatrical criticisms of Greater Manchester Police, because the public might believe the criticisms, and the criticisms weren’t objectively justified, or that somebody running for their life from an assailant might, from a distance, for a moment, think that they were running to the safety afforded by proximity to a real police officer (which is a real danger nowadays, given the number of Police Community Support Officers on our streets indistinguishable in their uniforms from police officers, other than at close quarters, from behind). Neither is a strong defence. In his position, I’d be suing.

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