Arrested for asking a policeman for his badge number


The Guardian has obtained this police footage of Emily Apple and Val Swain being arrested by surveillance officers after asking for their badge numbers at the Kingsnorth climate camp last year. The two women speak to Paul Lewis about their arrest, imprisonment and official complaint.

View the video here

  • Keith Hartford

    I think that there are quite a few of these louts called policemen on these protests who love it, they seem to be bullies who must have joined the police force so that they could in their minds, rise above their feelings of inadequacy which they experienced before joining. Why else would any decent bloke want to grab hold of people like that and hold them in a really uncomfortable position for so long? Then lie to justify it. They have nothing but contempt from me I can assure you. Perhaps they should join the army and go to Afghanistan or Iraq where their "bravery" and aggression could be put to better use.

  • styx marx

    Well Said Keith!

    I have always noted that anybody who I knew that joined the Police, were always the bullies! I have known others who hav'nt been accepted, who were not. So I have always assumed it must be a factor when recruiting!

    I also felt that the Police who were being investigated for allegedly 'waterboarding' suspects in a 'drug related' case, probably felt left out when the torture of suspects in Guantanamo and various other detention centres! So they wanted to 'get some of this action', without actually 'seeing any action', in Iraq or Afghanistan!

    But to repeat 'Well Said Keith!'

  • Aldo

    It's against UK law for a policeman to refuse his rank and number….