Intimidating a police officer

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Bryan West was given a six-month jail sentence, suspended for two years, after being convicted over an email sent to the victim.The Belfast man was also ordered to pay £500 compensation.The intensity and frequency of incidents, combined with the proximity of victim and perpetrator, not only makes harassment and intimidation extremely distressing, it also makes it difficult for recipients of this kind of abuse from taking a stand and speaking out against the behaviour.Local authorities have a responsibility to take immediate enforcement action to protect those who are being harassed or intimidated.West ended it by stating: "Looking forward to seeing you in court on Tuesday." The PSNI officer then received a second email less than an hour later.Although this email purported to be from a business associate of the accused, the prosecution contended that it had really been written by West.

But he rejected prosecution claims that he was behind a further message to the officer from the same laptop.

He told West: "You contested the matter so there is no credit there." But after studying medical reports and other documents he decided to suspend the prison term for two years.

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Some common examples of police harassment include: Police have broad latitude in carrying out their function to fight crime and to protect citizens.

Being stopped by an officer is not a pleasant experience, but even if you are innocent, police officers are not liable for violating your civil rights if they are performing their duties properly.

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