Yesterday, the Telegraph reported on an altercation between a cycling law student and a policeman. The video – taken by the law student and posted anonymously on YouTube – is below.
Having been stopped after allegedly jumping a red light on the Edgware Road in central London, the cyclist, who describes himself as “a student of the law” during the exchange, riles the cop by refusing to accept a ticket or supply his details.
Displaying a level of pomposity that should mark him out for great things in the legal profession, the law student-cyclist states at one point: “I won’t be accepting any paperwork today.”
Then he proceeds to demonstrate a rudimentary knowledge of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE), after enquiring under what law he was obliged to take the paperwork. “Oh…PACE…can you tell me what the wording is?” he asks, not a little smugly.
So annoyed becomes the policeman, identified as PC Stout, that he eventually appears to wrench the camera which the student-cyclist has been using to film the exchange out of his grasp.
Now, it’s not like Legal Cheek to back the police, but in this case it’s hard not to sympathise with the poor old PC. We’d love to hear the law student’s side of things, though? Does anyone know who he is?