Dealing with Police Officer Harassment
Generally when we look at police officers, we know that they are going to serve and protect us when we need their help. A police officer is trained on many levels of understanding what people need and how they can help to make them feel safe. But what do you do when the person who is supposed to be protecting you from bad people is being bad themselves? Police Officer harassment happens a lot more often than you would think. Dealing with police officer harassment is hard.
Case Study: Nicola’s Situation
One option for dealing with harassment from a police officer is filing an order under The Human Rights Act of 1998. When a policeman was tormenting Nicola and her family, the police chose to ignore her pleas for help, and it seemed like some members of the police force were helping the abusive officer use his job as a tool against her. Nicola went to court, and received two court orders in her favor to prevent contact from the officer. The officer even complained to social services about her, alleging Nicola was an unfit mother.
First off, Nicola has every right to file a report. Whether or not you have the right to file an order under the Human Rights Act, I don’t really know. Based on what the Human Rights Act says for the UK, you have a right to try. Having this policeman harass you is no fun at all. You are going to have to get smart with this by documenting the meetings that you have. Some of the things that you are going to have to do in this situation is:
- Build a Calendar – You are going to want to write down when, where and why the police officer came over, talked to you, or even if you spot him outside of your home. Spreading things that you are an unfit parent is only going to add fuel to the fire. In the UK, you are going to have to be more concise with your list.
- Hire a Lawyer – You are going to want to advise a lawyer about this because of the fact that you are going to run into bigger problems if you don’t. A police officer can hold you for suspicion for a long time regardless if you have children at home or not. Being your ex-partner, he is going to have a lot of issues with things and when you tell another party, you are allowing for your incident to be verbally witnessed.
- Know your Rights – You have the right to ask the policeman if you are under arrest. When you do this, and they have nothing to charge you with, you’re giving them a warning that you know the law and you are going to press charges. This often works for most cases and you are going to be able to have your case listened to. It is a tough road and you are going to have to make sure that you have everything you need to build your case.
With the help of a lawyer, the documentation, and schedule, you will be able to get your voice heard and you are going to be able to start the paper trail and get the policeman scared. It is never a fun thing to get harassed. But, it is also hard to determine how this can go. You need to act fast because you never know if he has his wheels turning and has a plan already implemented. Get your voice heard. The only way you are going to do this successfully is to document it and take it to the police station and courts.
So you possible have a case there. It is hard to really go through this if you don’t have a lawyer and you are going to have to make sure that they know everything. There might be more charges that you can press on this officer. Good luck to you and I hope everything goes well.