A barrister told Talk Radio’s Julia Hartley-Brewer this morning, that once someone tells a police officer that he/she is exempt from wearing a face-covering, that ought to be the end of the matter.
Francis Hoar said:
“Police have a right to enquire but if someone tells them they have an exemption they don’t have a reason to think they’re lying. We do not live in a police state or at least we thought we didn’t.”
If a police officer inquires as to why you are wearing a mask, politely say that you have a medical exemption from wearing one. Should the officer be stupid enough to ask you what the exemption is, politely ask to see his/her identification and collar number and inform him/her that you will make a complaint unless he/she withdraws and allows you to go about your business unimpeded.
Barrister Francis Hoar outlines the law around masks:
"Police have a right to enquire but if someone tells them they have an exemption they don't have a reason to think they're lying. We do not live in a police state or at least we thought we didn't."@JuliaHB1 | @Francis_Hoar pic.twitter.com/96qSSBZ7a7
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