‘Vulnerable people would fall for it,’ says a viral video of armed men masquerading as police officers attempting to enter a woman’s home in London.
‘Vulnerable people would fall for it,’ says a viral video showing armed men impersonating police officers attempting to get into a woman’s London house.
The targeted woman filmed the two men – who were dressed in police hats, purple disposable gloves, and white shoes – at her door after they reportedly tried to enter her home and failed to present identification. When the woman proceeded to tape the discussion, the two guys disguised their faces and grew confrontational, with one of the fake cops threateningly drawing his baton and attempting to confiscate her phone.
Fake cops are delivering a warning in the Tower Hamlets area. Two people dressed as cops are robbing people’s homes. This lady was wise to ask for a photo ID. twitter.com/8TJmYWn19GD Despite their repeated attempts to scare the woman, the two men fled the area quickly, claiming to call for help on a fake radio before scurrying down a nearby road.
The terrifying video went viral in London on Thursday after it was shared on social media by the grassroots reporting group London & UK Crime.
Look at how dedicated he is, talking into the “radio” all the way until the end. What store did they purchase their costumes from? Lady was astute in capturing these clearly bogus cops on camera… pic.twitter.com/57GrL8BMBSI I’m not sure how the cops over there dress, but they don’t look like that… The fact that one of the guys is talking into his phony walkie-talkie and getting no reaction is humorous. They were obviously there to rob them, yet they trusted their instincts.
One social media user noted, “Even strippers have better police outfits than this,” while another added, “Telescopic batons are illegal, impersonating police personnel is highly criminal, trespass, etc.” They should have just robbed them like they used to.” While some social media users stated that uniformed police officers would not wear white shoes, others stressed the risk the two men could provide to someone who is vulnerable, naive, or incapable of self-defense.
Tower Hamlets Police have yet to conduct an investigation on the incident.
The issue of fraudulent police action has caught the UK’s awareness since the kidnapping and death of Sarah Everard. Despite the fact that her assailant, Wayne Couzens, was a real cop, he used a bogus arrest in March – based on Covid-19 lockdown constraints – and even a police warrant card to entice Everard into his car before rapping and murdering her.
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