Man awarded $3000 over false imprisonment

March 25, 2017

A Sydney man has been awarded $3000 for being stopped by police for four minutes at Liverpool Station, after a court ruled this amounted to false imprisonment.

Sam Le was approached by two police officers in January last year and asked to produce his Opal card and pensioner concession card, along with photo identification to prove the cards belonged to him.

In a video captured on Le’s phone, he was told he was not under arrest but was “not leaving” until the officers had verified his identity.

Le said he brought the case to “send a message to the police that they can't just approach someone and demand their personal identification ... when a person has not committed any offence”.

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