Police are investigating after an officer was filmed threatening to ‘make something up’ and arrest a man. The clash, which was filmed in Accrington yesterday, was between an unknown member of the public and an officer from Lancashire Police. A video shared on social media shows the officer stepping close to the man, saying: ‘Sit in your car and shut up. If you want to f*****g step up to me, and push your chest out and something like that then fine, I’ll lock you up. We’ll do that shall we?’ The man then says he has done nothing wrong and the officer responds: ‘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?’ It is unclear what happened before this incident was filmed. Lancashire Police confirmed the force is investigating the incident, and said it is ‘clear’ the man should be offered an apology. A spokesman said: ‘We are already aware of footage circulating on social media regarding an officer’s actions during an incident in Accrington yesterday.
‘The matter is being investigated and has been referred to our professional standards department. ‘It is clear from the footage the member of the public deserves an apology which we will attempt to provide him with today.’ A further statement from chief constable Andy Rhodes said: ‘Further to our initial statement regarding video footage widely circulating of an incident in Accrington involving one of our officers and a member of the public, I can now provide additional information. ‘On the afternoon of Friday, April 17, officers were making their way towards an address to execute an arrest warrant when they stopped to speak to a group of males with a quad bike. ‘The footage shows language and behaviour from one officer which was completely unacceptable and for this I apologise without reservation.