If he'd used his warrant card or said he was a police officer with a "do as I say or you get arrested" then yes it would have been an abuse of power... But it's not known that he did do such an action and it's not even known if the men, who admittedly he did know, even knew he was a serving police officer.
So abuse of power... we simply don't know until the whole facts come out
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Originally Posted by Stephen
Erm.... I don't think they are.
Where is Derek when you need him lol.
As they don't leave the warrant card at the station and still have the power of arrest outside of their hours of duty then I think that they are always classified as Police officers whether on duty or not.
It's a moot point though as being a police officer has no relevance to the incident unless he used that fact to coerce the men into doing what he wanted.