O ne Sunday afternoon in his late teens, Mat Bickley was waiting at a bus stop in Greenwich. He had been to a nearby pie and mash shop and was on his way home, when a police car pulled up and a group of officers climbed out. By that age, he had already grown used to being subjected to random stop and searches – around four or five a year – even on his way home from grammar school, despite ensuring his shoes were freshly polished, his top button done up and that he always wore regulation black socks. But that afternoon in Greenwich sticks out in Bickley's mind. "They said 'someone of your description has just stolen an item of clothing'," he recalls. "I was told to drop my trousers and empty my wallet. Then they all just laughed and jumped in the car and drove off. You knew it was people playing with power." Nine others were waiting in line for the bus at the time. Bickley describes their reaction as "a mixture of dismissiveness, bemusement and shock".
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