A terminally ill university professor who was arrested after pointing out a speed camera as part of his wish list has been cleared of any criminal wrongdoing.
Darrell Meekcom, 55, was detained in his backyard by several police officers after he discovered his rear end in a mobile speed camera van near his Kidderminster home last November.
The father of two, who has multiple system atrophy (MSA), was originally arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure and dangerous driving before being rescued.
Footage from the incident showed Meekcom being bundled up and arrested in his backyard last November.
He said at the time that he was “shocked” by the “heavy” response and accused West Mercia police of “outrageous bullying”.
Registered nurse Meekcom was rescued after the arrest and said she was cautiously interviewed in January 2022.
He was later charged with using threatening behavior likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress and obstructing a police officer in the performance of his duty.
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But during his trial at Redditch Magistrates’ Court, Meekcom, who pleaded not guilty, was found not guilty of obstructing a police officer in the performance of his duty.
Court chairman Judge Charles Townsend said: “We noted that at no point during the more than one hour incident did you cooperate or inform the police of any health concerns until you were brought to the ground.
“We feel that the police acted legally on Friday, November 5, arresting you.
“However, given the serious health conditions you face, shaking hands the way you did was justified, given the possible consequences of your hands being placed behind your back.”
Finding Meekcom innocent of resisting arrest, Townsend told Meekcom that his self-protection defense had “been accepted”.
Two other charges he faced of using threatening behavior that could cause harassment, alarm or distress were dropped by prosecutors.
After the trial, Meekcom accused West Mercia Police of “changing the charge three times”, adding, “When you’re not well, you don’t want it.
“Maybe I shouldn’t have done it anyway, but when you’re dying you think about things differently.”
West Mercia Police have confirmed they have received a complaint, which will be forwarded to the professional standards department for review.
A spokesperson for the force said: “We respect the magistrate’s decision in this case.
“We can also confirm that we have received a complaint regarding this case, and now that the legal proceedings have been completed, this will be reviewed by our professional standards department.”
Meekcom, who lives with wife Sarah, 36, and their two daughters, previously recounted how shocked he was when officers showed up outside his home.
He had dropped his pants in a mobile speed camera van on Stourbridge Road in Kidderminster while his wife went to buy bread from a nearby Tesco Express.