my worst police experience (I have a few others but deleted them, seem too minor alongside this)
When I was at college a friend crashed a car into someone’s garden when drunk, got arrested and spent the night in the cells. His parents were on holiday, he had only just turned 17 so was basically still a child, despite several friend parents contacting the police to be informed when he was let out, they took him back to an empty house and he took his own life. I’m not sure about the legalities but think 17 is too young to be left alone after something like that, and even if their hands were tied because of confidentiality they should be aware of the risks in situations like that, and stuff that happened afterwards make me suspect they probably even contributed to his state of mind.
A few months after he died some friends were out in town drunk, a friend posted an empty ribena carton into a postbox (ok not cool, but hardly the biggest crime), a police officer came over, he recognised my friend from the inquest because my friend was the last non-police person to see him alive, and the police officer basically said he was a fuck up like our friend who had died. We were pretty furious, ended up not even making a complaint as my mate’s dad was very paranoid and basically said the police would come after us and stitch us up for things (maybe he wasn’t being paranoid and just had experience of them, wouldn’t put it past them after that)