Police compensate man after heavy-handed arrest led him to suffer PTSD
31st July 2012
A 71 year old man has received an out-of-court compensation settlement estimated to be worth £20,000 after Police chased him, smashed the windows of his car and arrested him, causing him to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Mr Whatley of Monmouthshire was pulled over by Police and given an on the spot fine when he was caught without his seatbelt on. After speaking with the Police, handing over his documents and arranging to pay the fine Mr Whatley drove off believing the Police were finished speaking with him. However, this was not the case and the Police chased Mr Whatley.
When Mr Whately pulled over for the second time, the officers from Gwent Police proceeded to jump on the bonnet of his car and smash the windscreen and front windows to prevent him from driving off again.
Following the heavy-handed incident Mr Whately suffered post-traumatic stress and made a claim for PTSD compensation against Gwent Police force.
Before the case went to court Gwent Police settled the claim out of court for an estimated £20,000. Gwent Police deny liability.
For information on making a PTSD compensation claim, click here.
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