What are YOUR rights if cop stops you on street?

What are YOUR rights if cop stops you on street? Ex-police chief explains key questions and actions public can take if undercover officer tries to arrest you

  • Couzens tricked Sarah Everard into his car after staging a fake arrest on her
  • Details of the devious deception have sparked questions about officers
  • Now a former police chief has given her advice on what is best to do
  • A former police chief has spoken out in the wake of Wayne Couzenskidnap, rape and murder of Sarah Everard to advise people of their rights if they are suspicious about an officer.

    Tientalle, 48, posed as an on-duty undercover officer and flashed his warrant card to handcuff the 33-year-old in a fake arrest to get her in his car.

    Details of the elaborate deception have led to many wondering how they will react if a PC attempts to detain them in the future.

    Former Met Police chief superintendent Parm Sandhu said there were things people could do if they were concerned about an arrest.

    Sy het gese: ‘I would say, do not get into the car unless it’s a marked police vehicle, ask to see the radio, or ask the arresting officer to call their colleagues and make sure they are on duty.

    ‘If you’re really concerned dial 999.

    Former Met Police chief superintendent Parm Sandhu said people should act on concerns

    Former Met Police chief superintendent Parm Sandhu said people should act on concerns

    Wayne Couzens, 48,  tricked Sarah Everard into his car after staging a fake arrest on her

    Wayne Couzens, 48, tricked Sarah Everard into his car after staging a fake arrest on her

    ‘This cannot carry on forever, it’s a short-term solutionwe’ve got to get that trust and confidence backbut in the short-term they’re easy steps to verify you’re being stopped legitimately,’ she added to GMB.

    Police only have the power to stop people if they have reasonable grounds they have committed a crime.

    The only other time they can is if they think you might be carrying a weapon or doing anti-social behaviour.

    If they do think this and they ask for your address and details you have to answer and if you fail to it could be considered a criminal offence in itself.

    And as of today the Metropolitan Police announced they will not deploy plain clothes officers on their own.

    Deputy Commissioner Sir Stephen House said: ‘We will not operate plain clothes officers on their own. If we do use them, they will be in pairs.

    Couzens sitting in the front seat of the hire car, after he falsely 'arrested' Miss Everard (who is seated in the back) outside Poynders Court on Poynders Road, Clapham

    Couzens sitting in the front seat of the hire car, after he falsely ‘arrestedMiss Everard (who is seated in the back) outside Poynders Court on Poynders Road, Clapham

    He said there will be ‘occasionswhere that is not possiblesuch as when a pair of officers are split upand noted that off-duty officers not in uniform

    Couzens was today jailed for the rest of his life with no chance of parole after he ‘misused’ sy ‘amp en gesag’ as metoffisier om te ontvoer, rape and murder.

    Lord Justice Fulford het aan Couzens gesê hy is 'n 'kronkelende'’ en 'selfbejammering'’ moordenaar wat staatgemaak het op sy posisie en kennis van Covid-19-toesluitwette om een ​​van die mees skokkende misdade in die onlangse geskiedenis uit te voer.

    Sarah’s tearful family watched as Couzens, 48, became the first police officer in British history to receive a whole life sentence, standing as he was taken to the cells.

    Beskuldig hom daarvan dat hy 'erodeer'’ openbare vertroue in die polisie en om vroue meer bang te maak om deur die strate te loop, het die regter gesê: 'Sarah Everard was 'n heeltemal onberispelike slagoffer van 'n groteske reeks oortredings', toevoeging: 'Sy het eenvoudig huis toe gestap'.

    Die regter het die moordenaar laat staan ​​en voor die hof gestaan – maar hy hou sy kop gebuig – terwyl hy 'n hele lewensduur oorhandig het wat vir ongeveer gereserveer was 70 van die gevaarlikste misdadigers van Brittanje, waaronder reeksmoordenaars en terroriste.

    Hy het gesê: 'Wayne Couzens, jy ontvoer, verkrag en vermoor Sarah Everard, lankal 'n gewelddadige seksuele aanranding beplan het op 'n slagoffer wat nog nie gekies is nie en wat u van plan was om in u toesig te dwing.

    'U het die lewens van Sarah Everard se familie en vriende onherroeplik beskadig – jy het die vertroue wat die publiek geregtig is op die polisiemagte van Engeland en Wallis geknou.

    'Ek het geen bewyse van ware berou van u kant gesien nie, in teenstelling met duidelike selfbejammering en pogings van u om die regte gevolge van wat u gedoen het te vermy of tot 'n minimum te beperk'.

    Buite die Old Bailey het sy voormalige baas Cressida Dick geweier om te bedank, maar het toegegee dat die nou afgedankte rekenaar 'skande oor die Met gebring het'’ en die 'kosbare vertrouensband' beskadig’ tussen die publiek en die polisie.

    Sy het gese: 'Sarah se ontvoering, verkragting en moord was een van die verskriklikste gebeurtenisse in die 190-jarige geskiedenis van die Metropolitaanse Polisiediens.

    'Daar is geen woorde wat die woede en hartseer wat ons voel oor wat met Sarah gebeur het, volledig kan beskryf nie. Ek is so jammer', toevoeging: 'Ek praat eerlik as 'n organisasie, ons is geskok. Ek weet absoluut dat daar diegene is wat voel dat hul vertroue in ons geskud word '.

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