I worked with him. He was a refugee from Thatcher's Britain. He was gay and I never new until after he left work. Sometimes I have to be slapped in the face with things, and then I may pick up the nuances.
He was a protester against Thatcher's rule. I can't recall if it was Brixton but I am sure he said somewhere South London. Thatcher's police targeted him, for no good reason. He was just among the protesting crowd. He ran and jumped over fences but eventually the police caught him and gave him a good beating.
That was his story and when he told me, I was quite convinced.
When conservative governments are in power, the police seem to think they have leave to do their worst, with no repercussions.
Most of my impressions of the British police come from The Bill and I always thought they went a bit far with the portrayal of how the innocent or the guilty could be so abusive towards the police. Not in Australia and not in America would you get away with talking to cops like that. Yet, from what I have seen on trains shows on the internet, that is very much how it is. People seem to able to question, even abuse police and get away with it or at least have minimal consequences.