Why Is this video from the UK’s Wera Forum so controversial?
Posted On August 3, 2021
What would you do if you got a phone call from a police officer, and you could hear the words “I am an intruder”?
Would you immediately turn your phone off?
Or would you wait until you could talk to the officer?
In a recent case in England, police in Cambridgeshire have responded by using a controversial video to scare people into submission.
The footage, called “Punishment,” was filmed in the Wera forum in the city of Lewisham, south London.
The police officers are seen sitting in a patrol car while one man asks a question, and another answers it.
A third asks a more serious question.
After being questioned, the person who answers the first question is then asked if they are the police officer.
The response is “Yes,” but the video then cuts to another officer, who then tells the person to sit down and get on with it.
Police are concerned about the impact of the video, which has been viewed more than 100,000 times.
The videos have prompted criticism from politicians and activists, as well as police unions, who argue that they are unfair and can lead to people being intimidated and scared.
“The officers in the video appear to be trying to intimidate people and make them feel uncomfortable,” a spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said.
“The message is that it’s okay to be a criminal, it’s OK to do something that’s illegal, and that if you have something to say it’s your right to say something.”
The Wera, or War of Aggression, is a British forum where people can talk about issues including race, religion, politics and policing.
The forum is part of a wider effort to crack down on anti-social behaviour.
“It’s an online community where you can discuss issues of race, Islamophobia, and homophobia,” the Metropolitan police said.
“As a result, we want to be very clear that there is absolutely no offence of incitement or criminal activity on the forum, and we take this extremely seriously.”