Lancashire police officer who threatened to 'make something up' to make arrest is suspended from duty
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In a statement issued by Lancashire Police on Twitter, Lancashire Constabulary moved to reassure the public.
"Further to our initial statement about the video footage widely circulating of an incident in Accrington involving one of our officers and a member of the public, we can now provide an update.
"We absolutely recognise the impact this footage has had on public confidence and following an initial review by our Professional Standards Department the officer involved has today (Monday April 20th) been suspended from duty.
"We have also taken the decision to voluntarily refer the matter to the Independent Office of Police Conduct.
"We hope these actions go some way to reassuring the public how seriously we are treating this matter"
The man involved was pulled over by the police after returning to buy a quad bike for his step-son. It is believed the man is from Accrington.
In the video, the young man is heard saying: "You're harassing me, what for I've done nothing wrong."
The officer can then be heard saying: "Do you want me to show you the definition of harassment.
The young man can then be heard saying, "but I've done nothing wrong", to which the officer says: "I will make something up.
"Public order, squaring up to a police officer, shall I do that?
"Who they going to believe, me or you."