This is the moment a dad smoking in his car during a ‘five-minute breather from the kids’ was challenged by a cop.
Zia Khan began filming when he was accused of breaching lockdown rules by a PCSO in Birmingham.
He then posted the footage on TikTok, where it’s gone viral.
The 31-year-old could be heard raging in the video as he told the officer, who was on patrol in a marked car, the stop was “taking the p**s”.
“Go do your job please. Go away,” he said.
“It’s up to me. It’s none of your business.
“Is there anybody here with me? You have no right to ask me. Am I doing anything criminal?”
In the footage, the officer can be heard saying: “Sitting in your car is not a lawful reason to come out in lockdown.”
STRESSED DAD TOLD COPS ‘IT’S A P**S-TAKE’
Mr Khan replied: “Yes it is.”
He told the officer: “I’m locked up in two rooms in emergency accommodation.
“I just came out for five minutes’ breather from my kids.
“Do you want me to smoke a cigarette inside?”
The PCSO told Mr Khan to “calm down”, but the dad replied: “It’s a p**s-take.
“Have you guys got nothing better to do?”
Mr Khan told BirminghamLive: “I’m in small emergency accommodation with my wife and two young children due to my circumstances caused by the pandemic.
“I don’t want to smoke near them so I decided to nip out for a quick smoke. I went to my car for five minutes to relax and have a cigarette.
“I couldn’t believe it when the police car approached me and told me it wasn’t lawful to sit in my car and to go back inside.
“I really think they need to use common sense in situations like this.
“I was sitting in my car on my own.”
Police chiefs in the West Midlands have backed the officer after the film was posted online – and say he “clearly explained” why he stopped Mr Khan.
Assistant Chief Constable Mark Payne said: “I support the actions of our PCSO. We are policing a pandemic which has cost thousands of lives, with hundreds of people still dying on a daily basis.
“Our officers have been tasked with enforcing rules designed to keep people safe, which means we will be asking people why they are outside during a national lockdown. The vast majority of people provide sensible answers and we all get on with our day.
“Officers are working long hours in difficult circumstances, trying to find the right balance between engaging and educating people, and enforcing the laws.
We are policing a pandemic which has cost thousands of lives, with hundreds of people still dying on a daily basis
Assistant Chief Constable Mark Payne
“There have been occasions where we’ve got the balance wrong over this period and we have been quick to say sorry when we have. This is not one of those occasions.
“Our PCSO clearly explained why he was asking the man questions, as we are asking staff to do as part of our engaging and explaining strategy.
“The vast majority of the public are doing their part and sticking to the rules, and we remain very grateful for their support.”
The incident happened just weeks after the force was forced to apologise when one of its officers threatened to arrest a man on his way to work.
Video taken by Nino Romano, 21, shows two officers in a car pulling him over in Solihull.
But the situation quickly escalated when he refused to give his ID – leading to one of officers calling him an “idiot” and threatening to take him into custody.
After the video circulated on social media, the force began an investigation and later apologised for the officer’s conduct which “fell far below what we would expect”.