UK Liberty

Seems a bit presumptuous

Posted in de Menezes by ukliberty on July 14, 2008

The Guardian:

An innocent commuter mistakenly detained at gunpoint has filed an official complaint over his arrest after it emerged that he did not match the description of the armed suspect police had been seeking.

Nzube Udezue, 21, an Oxford University graduate, was ordered to the ground, handcuffed and arrested by a team of armed officers after disembarking a train at Bournemouth station on Saturday.

It had been thought that Udezue, who boarded his train in Southampton, directly matched the description of another man seen earlier in the day brandishing an imitation firearm 30 miles away in Basingstoke.

Dorset police have repeatedly insisted that Udezue had no complaints – and nothing more to say – about his wrongful arrest.

But in his first interview since the ordeal, Udezue said police had since admitted the Basingstoke suspect had been described as black, with short hair and wearing a brown T-shirt with orange writing. Udezue, who had a shaven head, was wearing a black T-shirt with orange writing and long white sleeves. …

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