Jules Mattson, then 15, was stopped by the military police in Romford, Essex in 2010 and told that his behavior was “silly” and “gay”.
Bindmans, a law firm that offers legal services to the gay community, told the Telegraph that “The inspector told (Jules) he was a public hazard and said that photographing in public was ‘anti-social behaviour’. He described the act of taking photographs as ‘silly’ and ‘gay’ and ‘stupid’. When (Jules) continued to state the lawfulness of his behaviour, the inspector declared it was ‘dangerous’ as he was ‘likely to be trampled on by soldiers’ from the parade.”
The police have since offered an apologiy and given Mattson compensation.