Via The Voice Online
A VIDEO SHOOT in south London was ambushed by armed police on Saturday night (June 4) after officers thought their set props were real firearms.
The production crew was filming an anti-violence anthem with the hope of tackling stereotypes but, in an ironic twist, got more then they bargained for when they were mistaken for gangsters themselves.
A barrage of armed police stormed their set on an estate in South Mitcham and the team of eight was forced to the ground by special officers and searched for up to 10 minutes just before midnight.
Some were handcuffed until the officers were satisfied they were not posing a threat.
Ironically the song, titled ‘Billy Elliot’s black’, was made to encourage black men to defy stereotypes and turn away from the violent gang culture that plagues some inner city communities.
In a statement, the Met Police said: “Police were called by a concerned resident at approx 11.05pm on Saturday, June 4, to reports of a group in possession of a firearm in Parkview Drive, Mitcham.
“Officers, including armed officers, attended and stopped the group of seven people. It was revealed that the firearm was a toy imitation firearm that was being used as a prop in a music video.
“The group were given words of advice and the toy gun was seized.”
They were ‘filming an anti-violence anthem with the hope of tackling stereotypes’ and then armed police turned up in their droves. Seriously you cannot make this stuff up. I honestly don’t know whether to laugh out loud or cry.
I wonder if the residents and the authorities had been informed beforehand that a film crew would be filming a project of this nature in the area…..
Anyway I’m just glad nobody left the set in a body bag.
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