A British man was jailed for five hours after he photographed a cop reversing the wrong way up a one-way street.
After Andrew Carter snapped the cop van, officer Aqil Farooq leaped out, hit the camera to the ground, handcuffed him and bundled him into the back of the vehicle.
The plumber, 44, was arrested for supposedly being drunk, resisting arrest and assaulting the officer with the camera.
He was kept in cells before finally being released on police bail at midnight.
Carter, of Bedminster, Bristol, said: “I was nearly knocked down there once so when the police van went the wrong way I sort of said, ‘Hey mate. no entry’. But he just shouted out of the window, ‘(expletive) off — this is police business’.
“It was very frightening. All I had done was photograph these police officers doing something illegal, but I was the one who ended up being arrested.”
Aqil Farooq is likely a Muslim, given that a Wiki search on the first and last names shows:
Abu al-Wafa Ali Ibn Aqil ibn Ahmad al-Baghdadi 1040-1119) was an Islamic theologian from Baghdad, Iraq.
Farooq (Arabic: فاروق ) is one of the popular boys names in the Middle East.
The police-state actions described above should be cause for officer Aqil Farooq to be fired. Anything short of that encourages more such behavior in the future.