Officer caught on camera threatening to make something up for arrest keeps job

A police officer who threatened to "make something up" to arrest a man has been allowed to keep his job – but was slapped with a written warning.

In footage of the incident, which emerged last April, a man called Adam Kidger is being quizzed by two officers in Accrington, Lancashire.

In the clip, Mr Kidger says: "You're harassing me. What for? I've done nothing wrong."

The male officer replies: "If you want to f***ing step to me and push your chest out and something like that then fine.

"I'll lock you up. We'll do that shall we?"

Mr Kidger argues back and says he hasn't committed any crimes, to which the officer replies: "I'll make something up.

"Public order, squaring up to a police officer. Shall I do that?"

"Who are they going to believe, me or you?" the police officer adds.

The incident happened on April 17, during the first lockdown, Lancs Live reports.

Lancashire Police referred the incident to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).

It later apologised to Mr Kidger for what the force described as "completely unacceptable" behaviour.

The IOPC confirmed the officer was being investigated for gross misconduct has now revealed in an update that he has been given a written warning.

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it said in a statement published online: "We reviewed the video footage and a number of other police witnesses provided statements.

"Neither of the police officers were wearing a body-worn video camera.

"We found that when police arrived, they found themselves blocked by a van and a car.

"The complainant was one of four men present at the time who were requested to move the vehicles.

"Only part of the interaction between the police officer and the complainant was caught on camera.

“We found one officer had a case to answer for misconduct.

"At a misconduct meeting in May he accepted breaching the standards of professional behaviour in respect of: integrity; discreditable conduct; authority, respect and courtesy; use of force; and duties and responsibilities.

"He was given a written warning. The other officer whose conduct we investigated was found to have no case to answer."

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