Teenager takes on cops arresting “homeless” man in Birmingham McDonald’s
A local teenager has taken on a PC from West Midlands Police after over five officers were sent to a McDonald’s restaurant in Birmingham to remove an allegedly “homeless” man.
17-year-old Luke Holland from Kings Heath challenged the officer after a team of officers attempted to remove a man who was reportedly sleeping in the Cherry Street fast-food restaurant, only to be labelled “immature”, uneducated and “petty”.
WATCH: Luke Holland confronts police officer in McDonalds
Speaking to the officer, Luke claimed the man who was arrested had been “sleeping because there’s nowhere for him to stay tonight.” The officer contested the claims, responding, “He’s under arrest for breaching the peace.”
Holland then questioned if the man had been breaching the peace “for being homeless”, to which the officer replied “You’ve really got a lot of learning to do, haven’t you?”
The exchange lasted a few minutes with the vexed officer doing a u-turn just as he was about to leave, after Holland shouted that the PC needed to get an education, in response to an earlier statement made by the officer.
The incident was filmed by I Am Birmingham reporter Adam Yosef, who was at the restaurant prior to the unexpected confrontation.
Witness Shirley P. Cooper, who was in the restaurant during the whole incident, described the police team attending the incident as “very aggressive”.
The West Midlands Police have been contacted for a response to the incident.
UPDATE: West Midlands Police have now responded to this story and have confirmed that the “homeless” individual – who was being defended by Luke Holland – was arrested and charged for disturbing the peace, possessing a controlled drug and harassment of members of the public. READ THE FULL STORY HERE.