10 Mar Complaint Against Sergeant Scott Archer, Lancashire Police
—– Original Message —–
From: Peter Reynolds
To: hq-professional[email protected]
Sent: Monday, March 10, 2014 1:15 PM
Subject: Complaint against Sgt. Scott Archer
I wish to make a complaint against Sgt. Scott Archer of Lea police.
My complaint concerns a statement made by Archer and published in the press which amounts to politicking and misleading the public. His conduct is in breach of police regulations.
I make the complaint on my own account but also in my capacity as the leader of CLEAR Cannabis Law Reform, a UK political party, of 42-46, Bethel Street, Norwich, NR2 1NR. For the purposes of correspondence, please contact me via email.
I am a victim of misconduct by Archer which has caused me distress at his misuse of his office to promote myth, prejudice and propaganda about cannabis and hatred of cannabis users as a social group. I am also acting on behalf of approximately 35,000 registered supporters of CLEAR who are victims of Archer’s misconduct for the same reasons, particularly those who need cannabis as medicine for the treatment of conditions such as MS, Crohn’s disease, fibromyalgia, spinal injury, epilepsy and chronic pain.
Archer is reported in the Lancashire Evening Post, referring to cannabis farms and stating:
“They are a danger to everybody not only because of the smell, which is carcinogenic…”
This is a false, inaccurate and misleading statement which attempts to deceive the public that Archer is an expert in the subject and that the public can rely on the accuracy and veracity of what he says. It seeks to support the failed government policy of prohibition of cannabis and demonstrates quite clearly that Archer is engaging in politics from which police officers are prohibited under schedule 1 of the Police Regulations 2003.
In making this statement, Archer has acted dishonestly, without integrity, fairness and impartiality. He has abused his authority by making statements which, as a police officer, he knows that the public are likely to believe without question. He has also acted in a way that discredits the police service and will undermine public confidence.
There is no evidence whatsoever to support Archer’s claim that the smell of cannabis is carcinogenic. It would be laughable were it not such a serious case of police corruption of truth.
Northamptonshire Police made a similar false claim in 2012 which resulted in the issue of an apology:
I accept that Archer has a duty to uphold the law as it presently stands. However, he is neither a doctor nor a scientist and he demonstrates either great ignorance or deliberate deceit about cannabis. It is entirely improper for him to engage in politicking, scaremongering, the promotion of myth, prejudice and propaganda. The public are likely to be alarmed by his words which are clearly intended to cause fear, consternation and hatred of cannabis users as a social group. He is in breach of schedule 1 of the Police Regulations 2003 which states:
“A member of a police force shall at all times abstain from any activity which is likely to interfere with the impartial discharge of his duties or which is likely to give rise to the impression amongst members of the public that it may so interfere; and in particular a member of a police force shall not take any active part in politics.”
I would be grateful if you would deal with this complaint at your earliest convenience. I shall be happy to provide any further information required or to give oral evidence in support.