Public support police against surge of negative social media comments.

On Tuesday June 7, an incident took place in Collier Row where a man was arrested by police officers following a report made by members of the public. Once again social media users took to actively commenting on this incident and sharing a video of part of the incident.

This is a common trend now and actively encouraged by many social media bravados who call upon our society to film police incidents. For the record police officers themselves have also agreed and concurred that it is acceptable to film an event, from a safe distance where you are not obstructing a police officer. The issue here comes when only part of the event is filmed and the vital knowledge behind the event is lacking.

On Tuesday this week the incident on Collier Row Road saw numerous police vehicles and seven police officers detain one male. Facebook users embarked on the usual comments of -all this for one man, police brutality, it doesn’t take all those officers to restrain one man, this is like George Floyd and of course the all time favourite- they are all pigs.

Yesterday, the Havering Daily was able to shed light on the ENTIRE incident that began with members of the public reporting a driver for what appeared to be drunk driving, police stopped the vehicle immediately and asked the suspect to provide the standard breath test to check alcohol levels. He declined and then following a struggle, was placed on the ground whilst his vehicle was searched. Officers then found Class A drugs, a fire arm and when the suspect himself was searched, a knife.

Silence on social media then from the anti pig brigade.

The key points are here, as members of the public -we are not aware of the knowledge behind the stop, we are not aware of the information on a possible suspect, we are not aware of the reasons behind the search.

As members of the public we also are not aware of what it is like to try and detain a male who does not want to be detained. Or even a male under some form of intoxication being either alcohol or drugs. Unless we have been in this situation ourselves, then comments made are not justifiable.

Police turning suspects heads away from officers is to safe guard themselves from spitting, another popular trend police officers also have to deal with on a daily basis.

Uniformed comments heavily criticising police officers are actively helping this ongoing anti police narrative.

Thank you to those in the community who have called out the negative comments and praised our police officers for their work. We need to work with our police and not against them, they are a vital part of our community and it is our job to support them.

2 thoughts on “Public support police against surge of negative social media comments.

  • 9th June 2022 at 11:00 am

    It doesn’t matter if the police agree/find it acceptable or not to being filmed, the law says it is ok to record video in a public space and recording police is 100% legal.

    Despite this I have had police tell me not to record and threatening to arrest me if I do l, despite just taking photo of an empty vehicle that had crashed outside my property.

    Incidents like this make is easy to believe the police are doing wrong in a video when everyone has such negative interactions with them. The way to change public opinion is not to say a video doesn’t show the full picture but to get rid of the bad eggs in the force that change people’s perceptions towards negative, rather than the blanket protection of them that currently happens

    • 9th June 2022 at 1:41 pm

      The problem is, it’s only usually obstructive,antogonising idiots who want to film the police. Not people who are trying to be helpful or for the good of the public.
      I know if I was at work doing what I do, and some moron with a phone camera stuck it in my face and started shouting that I was doing it wrong, when they had no clue about it, I’d get annoyed and probably tell them to stop – even if they were legally allowed. I’m sure you would too.
      All police officers wear bodycams, and they are hung out to dry should something not be done correctly, so there really isn’t any need for some low rent YouTube footage. The best idea is to be a good citizen and assist the police officer if possible, and assume that the person they are dealing with is more than likely in the wrong, rather than the other way around.


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