Student arrested after giving homeless man £1

Student arrested after giving homeless man £1
Published: 2015 July 13 21:37:15 (9948 Views)
A former law student was unlawfully detained by police after giving a homeless man £1 in Liverpool city centre.

George Wilson received £5,000 as an out-of-court settlement payout for a result of his generosity in Liverpool city centre.

Instead, he was awarded the money in an out-of-court settlement after the authorities thought the 20-year-old was swapping drugs with a vagrant.

They then arrested him in the early hours of January 11 last year.

The quick thinking Wilson managed to make a voice recording of the incident on his phone.



Mr Wilson, who attended Liverpool John Moores University at the time, told officers he was a student of the law, to which one of them said: 'Look, buddy, if I lock you up for being drunk and disorderly, because that's what you are being, you won't be a student of the law any more.

'I'll take that off you. So shut your mouth and stop being stupid.'

He replied: 'I haven't committed disorder. I've been polite. I've been respectful.'

Mr Wilson alleged the police officer then said: 'That's not how I'll write it up, pal.'

The officer denied threatening to falsify a statement and an investigation by Merseyside Police concluded the words could be interpreted differently and the officer was advised not to use them again.

It was upheld that once the homeless man had been searched and no drugs were found, Mr Wilson should have been released and as such he was detained for longer than necessary.



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