Joinder wrote:I think Roy's argument is that he had a sick note, so the old bill should have left the property and not battered his door down.
And I think he may
have an arguable point there. If he failed to attend a court hearing but had a doctor's note stating he was unfit for that, and if the Court then issued a warrant for his arrest, and if he showed the sicknote to the Police who attended to arrest him, then it didn't have to end as it did.
If Roy had been a well-spoken, prosperous man living in a nicer part of town, the Police might've made some calls, used their discretion, dealt with it pragmatically. An English constable cannot be ordered to arrest someone, it must always be his belief that it is necessary and proper to do so. Even if arrested, it can be done nicely with a ride to the station to be technically booked-in and bailed-out again for a ride home.
We don't know all the details, especially the extent to which Roy's own attitude created the problem. Courts don't usually issue an arrest warrant on first non-appearance, so perhaps Roy had already exhausted their patience by other antics. Even then, if he had invited the "good cops" in at the beginning and explained civilly, it still might've ended happily.
But now the cops will say he was shouting incoherently about commercial liability and common-law, threats and abuse were being hurled at them by other members of the household, they tried repeatedly to reason with him (as his own videos prove) and only forced entry as a final resort. Meaning that any claim he brings against Police will fail miserably, because of his own intransigence.