Police officer tells man he’ll ‘make something up’ to arrest him

WARNING: Footage contains strong language

A police officer has been filmed appearing to tell a member of the public he will "make something up" to arrest him.

In footage circulating online, a Lancashire Police officer shouts at a man before asking him "who are they going to believe, me or you?"

Lancashire Police today said "it's clear" the member of the public deserves an apology and said the incident has been referred to its professional standards department.

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The force said the incident happened in Accrington, Lancashire on Friday. Footage of the officer's encounter with the man was widely shared on social media.

In it, an officer can be seen approaching a man stood next to a car, while two other witnesses stand behind him and another man films.

Speaking to the officer, the unknown man says: "What for? You're harassing me, I haven't done nothing wrong."

Video footage captured a police officer telling a man in Accrington he'd 'make something up'

As man stands with his arms by his side, the next bit of conversation is muffled.

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The officer gets slightly closer to the man after this and says "hold that" as he hands a piece of paper to one of the witnesses.

The officer mentions collecting the man's details, before he says: "Sit in your car and shut up."

As he does so, the unknown man looks to the ground and walks in another direction towards the witnesses.

The officer then comes back to the man, and says: "And if you want to f***ing step to me, puffing your chest out like that , then fine, I'll lock you up."

The man adds: "I've done nothing wrong."

The officer replies: "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? Who are they going to believe, me or you?"

The officer then walks away before gesturing to the person who is filming and says "you can film all you want."

It is not clear what happened before this interaction as the video only begins when the unknown man claims he had done nothing wrong.

Lancashrie Police 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."

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