This is an MP5
This is an MP3 player
See the difference?
Apparently some people in the UK cannot
Now, this isn't about british silly gun laws. It is about OTHER innalienable rights they like to trample as well.
quick summary if you want to skip the article. Man listens to MP3 player, it is black. Lady sees it, thinks it is a gun and calls police. Police come in droves with guns drawn, see it is an MP3 player, take the man to jail anyway, mugshot him, fingerprint him, and DNA sample him, and put them all on file for later use. Half a day later he is free to go.
Now, I don't have a problem with the lady freaking out by what she miss-saw. Maybe she needs new glasses. She doesn't need to identify what is going on, nor is she authorized to detain and question, nor is she equipped to deal with it if she turns out to be right. Calling the cops is reasonable.
The cops, going on this phonecall, are also reasonable to show up in force, weapons drawn.
However, there is where it ends. They had the guy on camera the whole time, if he had a gun, real or fake, and ditched it claiming he only had an MP3 player, it would be found out. He didn't. The Police should have said "We got an innacurate report, please go about your day as normal sir, sorry for the inconvenience, sorry if we startled you, but we got to check these things out"
Hauling him away is draconian. Processing him in is draconian, keeping his fingerprints and DNA on file to compare to later criminal cases, or to do anything with (sell/allow access to researchers?)
Now, whenever he is filling out a job app, he must answer the question "have you ever been arrested, and for what" with "Yes, suspicion of illegal firearms activity"
I've yet to see an application with a second question of "Were you exhonorated?"
They have applogized. So what. They should remove his fingerprints from file, destroy the DNA sample, and purge the arrest record.
This is why we tossed those bastards out in 1778