Saturday, February 23, 2013

Aggressive British cop can't stand mockery

A rather pathetic human being

A police officer became a ‘laughing stock’ over a YouTube video of him using a truncheon to smash into a disabled pensioner's car, an employment tribunal was told today.

Pc Mike Baillon, 42, allegedly quit his job after becoming the butt of jokes from fellow officers over CCTV footage of him battering the Range Rover of 74-year-old driver Robert Whatley, near Usk in Monmouthshire, South Wales.

The video of Pc Baillon wielding his truncheon was viewed more than 30million times on YouTube, leading him to walk out of his job after being ridiculed every day by his fellow police officers, the hearing was told.

The former traffic officer is now suing police chiefs for constructive dismissal after being relieved of carrying out frontline duties and also claiming damages for allegedly being bullied by fellow officers.

Pc Baillon told the hearing: ‘The ridicule from colleagues was getting to me - it was every single day. They thought I had done wrong and I was lucky to have got away with it. I just wanted my closure.’

He was one of two police officers chasing stroke victim Mr Whatley as he drove along country roads without a seatbelt, before pulling him over in his black £60,000 Range Rover in 2009.

Mr Whatley expected the officers to gently knock on his window, but instead Pc Baillon attacked it with a baton 15 times while his colleague climbed onto the bonnet and kicked in the windscreen.

The officers were cleared of misconduct after an internal investigation but Pc Baillon was removed from frontline duties and his colleagues often brought up the ‘Whatley incident’, the tribunal heard.

Mr Baillon also told the tribunal in Cardiff that his locker at work was defaced over the ‘Whatley incident’ and that he became a ‘laughing stock’. The experienced officer finally took sick leave for stress and wrote letters of complaint to the Gwent Police Authority.

Former police Superintendent James Baker told the tribunal that he was taken off front-line duties because Pc Baillon's mental state could have impaired his ability to respond to high-speed chases.

Mr Whatley won a £20,000 payout from the police over the damage caused to his Range Rover. He was later ordered to pay £235 after being found guilty of speeding and failing to stop for police.

Original report here

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