STOP Sussex Police abusing power and acting illegally

by Juliet Johnson

STOP Sussex Police abusing power and acting illegally

by Juliet Johnson
Juliet Johnson
Case Owner
I am a peaceful woman who does no harm to others. We should not be treated unfairly by the police. The police should never get away with abuse of power when dealing with men, women, boys or girls
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Legal action against the Chief Constable of Sussex Police for wrongful arrest, false imprisonment, assault and disability discrimination.

I was arrested in Waitrose supermarket whilst quietly and peacefully pushing a trolley and selecting items to purchase after Waitrose called the police following a discussion about not wearing a mask, even after having previously proved my exemption. I, like many others, suffer from a chronic health condition, invisible on the outside, but at times debilitating. I choose to use the exemption in law I have to shop without wearing a mask. I believe that mandating wearing of masks is against our human rights. The UK Government has acted against our fundamental human rights and health in mandating wearing of masks which prevent breathing in of oxygen necessary for human life.

The police arrested and handcuffed me behind my back and I was made to sit in the sloping back seat of a police car with painful pressure on my cuffed hands and wrists from the weight of my back. All my possessions were taken on arrest. I was questioned in police custody including about my mental health. I was asked to read a computer screen at a distance to verify the possessions the police had taken but the police sergeant refused to give my glasses back to do so. I was incarcerated in a cell. I was forced to strip naked and told if I didn't strip myself, the female officers would do it. The sergeant's risk assessment that I needed to be put in safety anti-rip police issue shirt and shorts had me worried she was going to have me sectioned as she had questioned my mental health. I told the police my own risk assessment of myself was that I was not a risk to myself or anyone else. One member of the police team in the cell agreed with me that getting me to strip naked and then put on protective clothing was too much, risking losing her job in the process. I was imprisoned for some time, then released without any charge. 

During the entire episode, both with Waitrose and Sussex Police, I was not abusive, or even rude, to anyone, and to the contrary, when given the opportunity, I was chatty with the officers. However I did point out and challenge anything I believed to be incorrect in my treatment and made clear my views on human rights. The police said that Waitrose had called them because I was being abusive, this is simply not true.

We are raising funds to take legal action against Sussex Police to halt its abuse of its own powers. Sussex Police need to be stopped from carrying on its illegal and abusive practices. 

Bad practices in the police must be addressed and rooted out. We need to see this end now. We need your support to see that justice is done, please contribute and share this page.

Don't let the police get away with human rights abuse and illegal practices. It is time for action.

Robin Tilbrook has taken this case and has already issued 'protocol letter before action' letters to Sussex Police and Waitrose. Only Sussex Police has responded within the 21 days of receipt requested, to say that they need more time. We will keep you updated as the legal challenge progresses.

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