I just got hit by the fake police (working with the real police) in Madrid (Lavapies area).
I was minding my own, walking down a less busy street. And a group of guys in their early 20s surrounded me saying that they’re police and they need to verify my identity. They were wearing colored shorts, t-shirts and regular street clothes. They showed me their badges and id’s. They wouldn’t let me go. One of them had a gun.
I called the police a few times. Got hung up on by the impatient operator. I was calling help from passersbys but they didn’t want to be involved. I called the hostel that I was staying at and I think that must have made them decide not to rob me.
I finally showed them my drivers license and they kept questioning same lame questions over and over. Then the police came. They opened up the back door and had me empty out my pockets. They ran through my wallet in front of me. I thought for sure I was leaving empty handed. I didn’t have my passport on me.
I think the facts that I didn’t offer any bribe, started making phone calls, expressed distrust and prayed eventually they gave me everything and let me off. No money was missing.
They had arrested a young black guy for apparently no reason and took him away. Unfortunately, I think they saw him as easier prey. He was just crying saying he didn’t do anything and didn’t need to be arrested. I’m sure he’s right.
By the way, it was 7:30 and still light out when this happened.