I cannot believe what I have just witnessed in a video taken by police during a pursuit of a disabled pensioner motorist who they suspected of not wearing a seatbelt last September in South Wales. You can watch it below:
Here are some of the details from the Telegraph article in which I read the story:
Footage captured on a police dashboard camera shows one officer striking the driver’s seat window with a baton up to 15 times and another officer jumping on the bonnet of the car and kicking the windscreen in an apparent attempt to crack it.Police pulled over Robert Whatley, 70, for not wearing a seat belt as he drove through country lanes in South Wales. The 8-mile chase started after officers tried to give Mr Whatley a fixed penalty notice but he drove off.The retired businessman, who is recovering from a stroke, was covered in glass when officers from Gwent police surrounded his Range Rover on a country lane following a 17-minute chase.Mr Whatley, who was expecting officers to gently knock on the window of his £60,000 car, said: “I couldn’t believe what was happening. The police went completely over the top – you would have thought I had robbed a bank.
“I was terrified when they started smashing in the window and trying to kick in the windscreen. I tried to shield myself but I was showered with glass which could easily have gone into my eyes. “It’s something you might expect in America but not in the quiet of the British countryside.”
I wouldn't even expect it in America. I would not expect it from law officers in any civilised country.
Mr Whatley, who never broke the speed limit during the chase, said he had become confused during the pursuit.He said he thought that the blue lights and siren of the pursuing car meant the officer was giving him a police escort home.But he finally pulled over when he was confronted by a police “stinger” device on the road into Usk.Mr Whatley, who has a heart condition, was later charged with several motoring offences.
The Police officers involved have been suspended pending an investigation but frankly I am not sure what needs investigating. They terrified a confused pensioner with as far as I can tell no justification, acting like utter thugs. The man has a heart condition. We could easily have been looking at something much more serious here. Next time maybe we will. That's why we need to try and make sure there is not a next time.
The officers involved should not just get a dressing down or get moved to office duties. They should be sacked.
That way their colleagues will appreciate what is and is not acceptable behaviour during the execution of their duties.