A video posted last week to Youtube shows what we assume are UK police questioning and then assaulting a 15-year-old boy after he asserted his right to be free to go and remain silent if he was not being detained.
The video appears to show police questioning YouTube user Antonio Pollio about a crime he allegedly witnessed involving an unidentified female.
Pollio speaks with the officers briefly about whether or not he has the legal obligation to identify himself before asking if he is being detained. The officers say no. Pollio rightly asserts that if he is not being detained then he is free to go and refuses to answer any more questions.
After attempting to make his case, the officers escalate the situation by grabbing, taking the teen to the ground, and then handcuffing him.
Pollio can be heard on the footage screaming in pain about his nose and arm.
Watch the raw footage:
“Earlier that night a girl was arguing with the boss of [a waitress] due to her being in the car park just to access the free wifi,” Pollio claims in his YouTube post. “The situation escalated and they shouted for a bit then because of that the manger did not allow her to leave the car park and proceeded to the store.”
Pollio says he started filming the incident and “went to the entrance of the store to see what was going on” when he “[walked past police] and the police lady asked [him] for [his] name.”
“I refused to and told her by law I didn’t have to, Pollio says. “Then she stated that I witnessed a racial abuse crime and I had to be asked for my details.”
Pollio says he has video proof that there was no racial altercation between the girl and the manager at the car park, so he did not witness any crime and should thereby have been free to go.
“A police officer grabbed by arm and 2 others surrounded me on the wall,” Pollio says. “The police officer then knocked my phone out of my hand and as soon as that happened he put me in a headlock and things got very violent.”
Pollio says he was charged by police with assault on an officer and refusing to give his details. Pictures posted by the teen to Imgur show a bruised wrist and bloody nose.
Police State Daily has reached out to Pollio in order to obtain more details about the incident. This post will be updated accordingly.