I'm on my way home this evening with 3 of my mates in tow. Were driving up past Croydon Magistrates when this bully van follows us and puts on the lights, so I pull up and turn off the engine. Step out and theres 6 coppers standing there asking me about the car.
I tell them its mine and its all legit, they ask about insurance and such, and I explain its all above board and so forth. They then explain that the reason they pulled me is that my left brake light is out, and on account of my blacked out windows, they were checking if it was a gang car.
Pulled me to one side and checked my license and name. Other copper goes and talks to my friends and looks the car over. Next thing I know hes walking over with a screwdriver I had in the car, and asking why is it there. I explain its from this morning when I was fixing my head unit (true story). He tells me about this new law, and how they can search anyone they want now because of all the knife crime and such (who knew? )
They then searched my pockets and told me my name check came back completely fine and it was a lovely motor I had there and to look after it
All in all it was a pretty good experience Id say, when people go on about police harassment and all it makes you wonder as these guys were all really professional, helpful and friendly. I'm 19, in a (fairly) modified car, and they didn't say a word. Didn't even say anything about my front windows being tinted, which I expected, but nothing.
Sorry for the essay