The photographer who complained to police after being stopped while taking pictures in Kent, amid terrorism fears, may sue police for false arrest, Amateur Photographer (AP) has learned.
Alex Turner, who was arrested on 8 July on Chatham High Street – and released shortly afterwards – is ‘considering his options’, according to his solicitor.
Police are conducting an internal enquiry following the complaint which, the force has told Turner, is likely to take several months.
Turner said he was initially stopped by two men who claimed to work for ‘Medway Council’.
They then called on a nearby Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) and were later joined by another officer.
The photographer said he declined to provide the ?council workers? with details of his identity when requested because they did not identify themselves as police officers.
Speaking to AP, the photographer’s lawyer, David Harris, said Turner may pursue civil action for ‘false arrest’.
He may also sue the local council for lodging a ‘false complaint’ about his behaviour.
The photographer made an official complaint to Kent Police and said the incident left him ‘traumatised’.
Last week, Chief Superintendent Steve Corbishley, Area Commander for Medway said that there was a need to establish the identity of the man in question, whose behaviour had ’caused concern’ and who, when asked, had ‘refused to provide his details’.
This Sunday, a photographer will publicise the right to take photographs without ‘harassment from police’ as part of Antony Gormley’s Fourth Plinth project in Trafalgar Square, London.