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  • "Absolute joke.

    The police officer in question acted acording to the book, as far as I know it is police policy that any vehicle that fails to stop and subsequently comes to a halt the police have the powers to do what they did, seems brutal but it is effective at what it does. It is intended to disorientate the occupants of the vehicle so they can be extracted from the vehicle without harm coming to the officers. How could the police not know if the reason why the driver did not stop was because he was possibly getting what ever heapon he could have had ready and then when he stops he uses it. What happens if the police just walked up to the vehicle and politly asks the occupant to get out of the vehicle and then get a gun or knife in the face, or even the driver then drives off and runs over some kids crossing the road. As far as I'm concerned the police officers were in the right even if it isn't policy to do what they did.

    The payout is a bit high but then again I would consider this to be high because of the treatment that the officer recived and no doubt there are things in this case that we do not know about and will probably not know about.

    For me it seems like the officer that jumped on the bonnet has never been mentioned. Did he get the same treatment as in anyones eyes he was just as bad. This whole thing stinks to high water.

    Would a yobbo being chased through the street get compo or is this the outcome because obviously this driver in the range rover can afford a solicitior to tell him exactly what to say. I would not be suprised if he was not stopping because he was on the phone to his solicitor."
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OAP whose car window was smashed up in Usk, slams ex-PC's ‘obscene’ payout

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A PENSIONER whose car was smashed up by a Gwent police officer after a chase said that “the law has failed”, as the officer is set to receive a payout of over £400,000.

The video of former traffic cop Mike Baillon, 42, hitting the car window of 73-year-old Robert Whatley 15 times in Usk went viral on the internet, being viewed more than 30 million times on YouTube.

This led to Mr Baillon quitting the force after he became the butt of daily jokes.

But following a tribunal, he is to be awarded £429,434.64 for loss of pension, and will receive a further sum for loss of earnings since leaving the force.

Mr Whatley said: “I consider myself the victim of his actions as he was in a position of authority. It’s an obscene figure to be awarded and on this occasion the law has let the public down.”

The incident happened in 2009, where Mr Whatley was seen driving without a seat belt, which resulted in a pursuit after Mr Whatley drove off.

He was found guilty of not wearing a seat belt and failing to stop, but won a payout from the police over the damage caused to his vehicle.

Mr Whatley claims that he didn’t realise the police wanted him to pull over.

He said: “I suffered an acute stroke previously and was in recovery so I was trying to get home to take my medication.

“It was bang out of order what happened that day.”

Following the events, Mr Baillon was taken out of his traffic police role, as Gwent Police chiefs claimed he had become “obsessed” with “the Whatley incident”.

He resigned in August 2012 after he became the victim of unpleasant comments from other police officers and on one occasion his locker was defaced.

He won a constructive dismissal claim at a Cardiff employment tribunal and at a remedy hearing on Wednesday, his solicitor Nick Smith criticised Gwent police force.

He said: “Mr Baillon was removed from a job he loved and it was a gross abuse of power by the police.”

Following the decision, a Gwent Police spokesman said: “We will now reflect on the judgment.”

Speaking to the BBC, Mr Baillon said he felt let down by Gwent Police.

He said: “I felt to draw a line under the incident, I needed to make the organisation aware of how they dealt with the incident and the effect that had on me and my family.

Referring to Gwent Police, he added: “They’ve cost me my job and they’ve cost the taxpayer an awful lot of money. I was highly trained and highly committed, but it counted for nothing in the end.”

After leaving the force, Mr Baillon set up a company called Celtic Woodcraft.

Video of the incident in Usk in 2009:

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