Can a policeman leave his loaded gun in the boot of your car when searching it
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Policemen raided my premises with a search warrant for that premises but continued to search my car and while doing so placed his revolver in the boot of the car while he carried out his search. it was most frightening thinking he had placed it there
I dont think it is illegal but perhaps not best practice.
The Police should have guidelines or a policy about what to do with a weapon.
Common sense would have said that it should be secured in a holster or some other way.
However you should raise a complaint with Professional Standards Division.
They will investigate the matter for you and can say whether the actions taken are correct and in accordance with Policy.
While you would not be able to claim compensation the Policeman involved may be subject to disciplinary action or procedures tightened up.
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The search warrant was issued for the business I work as an employee at. They searched my car and while searching inside the car he placed his revolver in the boot of my car because it was to big to leave hanging round his neck during search. I also have him on video doing so. As a result I was afraid to drive the car as was my mom for weeks thinking there would be traces of gun powder in my boot if I was stopped at road check or he planted something to gain evidence against my boss
Did you complain to the Police formally?
I didnt because I was too scared to. where I come from you dont complain about police or they will make you suffer even more
Well you would NOT be entitled to compensation.
You did not raise it with the Police as you should have.
Your only course of action, as I mentioned above is to complain to the Professional Standards Department,
If it is serious enough and only if it is serious enough, they can refer it to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
As the name suggests they are independent and can investigate this for free.
But you must go via PSD first.
Called to the Bar in 2007
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