BBC Article: “‘Make something up’ threat Lancashire Police officer suspended”

“A police officer who threatened to “make something up” in order to arrest a man has been suspended from duty. A clip of the incident, which happened in Accrington, Lancashire, on Friday, had been widely shared on social media. In a statement the force said: “We absolutely recognise the impact this footage has had on public confidence.” It has been referred to the Independent Office of Police Conduct. Lancashire’s chief constable said the officer’s behaviour was “unacceptable”.

There are a number of ways to look at “obvious facts” in this real-life examples. One glaring one is of course the “obvious fact” that police are meant to uphold public safety. Apart from this incident, there are also very different views about the police where on one sign of the political spectrum they are viewed as keepers of the peace and the other they are viewed as sometimes violent thugs who break laws they are supposed to protect. The BLM movement is another example of how people and groups have very different views on “obvious facts” about the police.