Police have been on high alert since the Olympics came to town. But now things have been taken to new heights of ridiculousness.
Earlier today Surrey Police officers arrested a man who was watching a men's cycling road race at the Olympics. Officers thought the man was suspicious based on several factors, including the fact that he was watching the race and not smiling, according to The Guardian.
The police department said in a released statement that the officers suspected that 54-year-old Mark Worsfold might cause a breach of the peace because of the way he was dressed, his proximity to a group of protestors, and the race course and "his manner."
It turns out the man wasn't smiling because he suffers from Parkinson's disease. He told the newspaper that he suffers muscle rigidity in his face that prevents him from smiling.
Police released the man two hours later without charging him and apologized for detaining him. Worsfold also sent a letter to the police department that he "fully understands and appreciates the action taken by the officers," but is still demanding a full exoneration in writing from them.
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