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Last night at 7.45 on Via del Corso in Rome, a Police Officer terrorized Morrissey for 35 minutes demanding “papers”. Morrissey had no papers, Morrissey Solo reports.
The Officer then said “I know who you are.” Morrissey replied: “I know the law, I know my rights, and you have no reason to stop me.” The Officer shouted very loudly and a crowd of over 100 people gathered. The Officer held his gun throughout the confrontation. After 35 minutes, Morrissey walked away, and the Officer did not follow.
Morrissey says: “This was a deliberate act of terror by this Officer, who had no personal identification, but whose Polizia 113 motor-bike had the plate G2458. I had not broken the law or acted suspiciously. The officer unlocked his gun and held it as he screamed into my face. Some people came to my rescue. This happened outside the Nike store, and many people filmed the obviously insane officer. I believe he recognized me and wanted to frighten me. I did not back down even though I believed he was about to shoot me. I urge people to beware of this dangerously aggressive Officer. He might kill you.”
La Repubblica are now claiming Morrissey and his nephew were reportedly pulled over after speeding down a one way street in the wrong direction. The officer was on patrol as part of Rome’s anti-terror efforts and his decision to stop the singer and ask for identification is standard protocol under such circumstances. Police also dispute Morrissey’s allegation that the officer threatened the singer with a gun.